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Seattle Rock n Roll Course Preview!!!

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Here’s the link for the video:

This video shows the 26.2 miles that H and I will be running on Saturday. I am SO EXCITED. I love the tunnels and bridges! Plus we run along lake Washington for several miles. The hills don’t look too scary either. Be warned, the video is a little trippy… 🙂

Charlie, school, and spring?

Let’s travel back in time for a moment…

Spring break. Charlie loved being lazy for a week… there was lots of napping and movies to watch.

Even some playing ON the tv, much to my vexation. Notice the packing tape that surrounds my tv. It’s highly attractive [sarcasm] but at least it prevents Charlie from using the tv as a jungle gym.

When spring break ended, Charlie and I resumed our studies. Here he is learning about the well-made play.

And theatre in Spain from 1490-1700…

And theatre theory in Germany to Hegel…

Then he got tired, so I continued reading about French theory in the late 19th century.

Oh and it randomly snowed several times in the past week. We actually had a mini-blizzard last week. The snow didn’t stick, but it was crazy windy and snowing sideways.

In between the random snows, it does seem to be spring. I took this picture of day-lilies for my mom. 🙂

After my exhausting 10 mile run on Sunday, I made this fabulous pizza! Tomatoes, red bell peppers, spinach and a mixture of Italian cheeses. Yummy.

When Charlie’s not bouncing off my walls, quite literally, he is such an angel.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Don’t pinch Charlie, he’s sporting his green for the day.

My silly father sent this to me. I think I prefer an orange Charlie to a green one.

Green will always make me think of St. Pete High. I miss all that crazy school spirit. Go Green Devils!

Psst – This is my 100th blog post!

And here’s a brief history lesson for the day… Who exactly IS St. Patrick?

Patrick, St (5th cent.), ‘Apostle of the Irish’. Patrick was born in Britain and brought up as a Christian. At the age of 16 he was captured by pirates and spent six years as a herdsman in Ireland. He turned earnestly to God and received a Divine message that he was to escape. He persuaded some sailors to give him passage to Britain and returned to his kinsfolk, a changed man. He underwent training for the Christian ministry and went from Britain as ‘bishop in Ireland’ (his own phrase); he spent the rest of his life there, evangelizing, ordaining clergy, and instituting monks and nuns. He wrote a moving account of his spiritual pilgrimage, called his Confession, perhaps in response to an attack on his character. Discussions on the chronology of his life have focused on the statement of Prosper of Aquitaine that Celestine V (422–33) sent Palladius to be the ‘first bishop to the Irish believing in Christ’. It is argued that Patrick’s mission cannot have been much later than 431; from this the date of his birth is inferred and his death put c.460; others argue that he lived a generation later and died c.490. The canons attributed to him and the ‘ Breastplate of St Patrick’ are not his work. Feast day, 17 Mar. See also St Patrick’s Purgatory.

“Patrick, St”  The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Ed. E. A. Livingstone. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Central Washington University.  17 March 2010  <>

Patrick, St (c.390–c.460). Christian missionary bishop of Ireland.

The only certain information about St Patrick’s life comes from his one surviving letter and from his autobiographical Confession. His authorship of the ancient Irish hymn ‘The Breastplate of St Patrick’ is unlikely. In later legends, he becomes a miracle-worker who drove the snakes out of Ireland. The same legends, concerned to make him the sole ‘apostle of the Irish’, exaggerate the scope of his missionary work. His place of burial was not known, allowing Glastonbury to claim possession of his relics. Feast day, 17 Mar.

“Patrick, St”  The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Ed. John Bowker. Oxford University Press, 2000. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Central Washington University.  17 March 2010  <>
Have a safe and happy day everyone!

I love books.

Oh man, graduate school is not helping my addiction to books. My bedside table is overflowing with books that I’m in the progress of reading or want to start soon, some of which have been sitting there for months. Also, no longer are the books on my to-read list simply chicklit, now it’s this strange assortment of non-fiction, another side effect of grad school.

I’ll be happy if I finish just a few of the books on my list:
– Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
– Hamlet in Purgatory by Stephen Greenblatt
– The Empty Space by Peter Brook
– A History of God by Karen Armstrong
– The Catholic Church Through the Ages by John Vidmar
– Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Mignon Fogarty
– About Kane by Graham Saunders
– Cool Britania? Edited by Rebecca D’Monte
– Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale
– Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal
– All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
– The Guinea Pig Diaries by AJ Jacobs

Yikes! I’ll be honest that there are some other books kicking around my apartment that I’m trying to read… Clearly I either have too many interests or ADD when it comes to reading.

Adding to my book addiction, I recently acquired a Kindle. I’m still a little torn about the idea of e-books, because I love the feel and smell of books. I also love collecting books and you just can’t collect e-books. Anyway, the last two books on my list above I bought as Kindle books. I started reading them both yesterday and surprisingly it wasn’t all that weird. The experience is nothing like reading books from the computer, which in general, is great. It is a bit disorienting since there are no page numbers and you can’t gauge how much of the book is remaining by holding the book in your hand. Then today I discovered that I can convert my journal articles for school into Kindle files. This is amazing news! I hate trying to read 20+ pages of articles on the computer and now I can load them to the Kindle and cruise through them. Amazing.

Now, if only I could be sitting on Treasure Island reading my books.

Spring ahead.

A yelled at me for not updating my blog. So here I am, updating my blog.

It’s almost spring break. I feel like I’m on spring break already… and yet, I have a 10 page conference paper hanging over my head and a 3000 word teaching journal. Ugh. I originally told myself that I’d start working on the paper today and finish it by Wednesday evening, but I didn’t do an ounce of research today. Therefore tomorrow I’ll be working more diligently in order to make my self-imposed deadline. The plan is to wake up between 6am-7am, shower, get coffee, grab my book out of the office and get started reading and writing. The sooner I finish this paper, the sooner my break REALLY starts.

Everyone else went somewhere for spring break, but to be honest, I’m happy about being here. I ended up the cat sitter for everyone. I told them I’d do it as a favor, but some sort of compensation would be nice. Anyway, I’ve decided that I’ll combine my cat sitting duties with my daily runs. I’ll run to the cats and then run home. It seems like a good use of time and it forces me to go for a run. A win-win. Cats aside, I’m enjoying the thought of a week with no real responsibilities. Hopefully I’ll be super refreshed and ready for spring quarter when classes start again. I do want to go to Yakima or Seattle as soon as I finish my paper. I need to drive a little and get out of Ellensburg.

What else?

– I went to Charter and canceled my cable services. I’m down to just internet. So far it’s been painless and the thought of saving money makes it worthwhile.

– I think I’ve discovered two areas that I want to specialize in for my studies. I’ll discuss this more later.

– I was really worried about my paper for dramatic literature. This quarter has been so crazy that I literally wrote it in one day (as did my other classmates). I also worried because overall I question my abilities as a writer (I need serious grammar help!) and the topic wasn’t my favorite. Well, this is the feedback that I received. Ignore the caps, that’s how the instructor differentiated her writing from my writing.


That definitely made me feel great. 🙂

– I saved $30 at the grocery store today and I bought all sorts of healthy things to eat. Now that the stress from the end of the quarter has dissipated, I’m working to turn my eating habits around and lose some weight.

There’s a lot more to report on, but this will have to suffice for now. Time for reading and bed, because tomorrow I WILL put a major dent in my conference paper.



I found this awesome blog today. The idea is to write positive messages on post-it notes, leave them in public places and make sure you take a picture.

(It reminds me of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty)

Operation Beautiful dot com

My favorite is the person who wrote inspiring messages along the running path in central park. Makes me so happy!

I wrote this and posted it in the library bathroom. I have to admit that I was a bit shy about doing it. I made sure the bathroom was empty when I did it. But I absolutely love this idea. I think if I stumbled upon an uplifting message like this randomly somewhere it would make my day. Everyone should love themselves, inside and out. So I think I’m going to become a bit more brazen and post messages elsewhere around campus.

You [whoever it is that actually reads this blog] should do it too.

If you do, please let me know! Post your pictures in the comments.


Grown ups love vacuum cleaners.

“You sure came a long way for a cookset.”

Went to target this morning and purchased a tv (a super sexy one that we got on clearance and marked down, yay!), throws to add color to the couch and office chair and some other essentials for the apartment. As we were checking out, I gave the cashier a rain check for a pots and pans set from florida and he said the quote above. It was definitely a funny moment.

I discovered that Yakima is your typical city and thankfully target is right off the highway, therefore easy to access. I don’t know how often I’ll need to make trips to Yakima, but it’s good to know that they have all the major chains from home, in case I need whatever.

After our errands, we returned to the apartment to continue setting things up, cleaning and organizing.

You know you’re an adult when you’re excited about owning your own vacuum cleaner. Who knows, maybe I’ll take up gardening next!

I’m really starting to feel like this apartment is mine and it feels like home. I’m excited to live here. Hopefully the ample space will help me keep things clean and more importantly organized!

Also, I’m really happy that Charlie is here with me. I think him being here will help keep my company and he’s got such a personality, that it’s fun to play with him!

On the agenda for tomorrow: I need to continue my current sleep schedule of being in bed by 11ish and waking up around 7ish. It’s awesome for my productivity. I’m going to show dad the CWU campus and make a pitstop to purchase my books. I plan on reading (or more accurately, skimming) them before classes start, maybe get ahead of things. Then Charter is coming to set up cable and internet, hooray! The rest of the day will probably consist of more organizing and decorating and hopefully some reading. Oh, and I’ll be making my first foray into the world of laundry mats. Perhaps I’ll even go for a run as my clothes wash and dry themselves. 🙂

For mom: Charlie’s not brain damaged, I promise.