A lot of American principle is contained in the two words: "Just don't." Much of the rest is encompassed by the suggestion of minding one's own business. The whole is summed up in the word "liberty." --Isabel Paterson
I just received a mid-year notification from Map My Run that, so far, in 2013 I have logged 232 workouts on 49 different routes for a total distance of 1,002.6 miles over the course of 192.5 hours and have burned 95,662 calories. That last figure would be more impressive if I had not countered it proactively by eating all and then some of those calories back in the form of Top Pot Doughnuts.
Ah, Top Pot -- that glorious palindrome that represents all that is delicious and unholy in deep fried pastry. Better than Tim Horton's (sorry, Canada); better than Krispy Kreme. Simply, the BEST doughnuts ever. And now, for the rest of the summer, I must bid them "good-bye."
Why? Because I am in training for this marathon thingy in Sioux Falls, SD in September. And, I want to lose another 10 pounds before running it, as every pound of weight you carry becomes four pounds worth of pressure on knees and ankles when you run. I really do not want to train my heart out and then come up injured before the run (as almost happened to me before the half-marathon in Seattle last November). So, sadly, I say Auf Wiedersehen, Top Pot; implicit in which expression is the promise that I will be back come the post-September 8 world.
This story made me smile; it's just so Washington:
SEATTLE (AP) — In sun-deprived Washington state, the promise of nice spring
weather has prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy
Friday will be a "sun day" of sorts for 205 students at Bellingham Christian
School in Bellingham, Wash.
Principal Bob Sampson announced the day off on the school's site.
Sampson says he wanted to give students a chance to enjoy the weather and
re-energize. He says he surveyed parents and floated the idea with the school
board before canceling school.
The sun day was also made possible because there weren't any days off because
of snow this school year.
Friday is not the first time the school has given students the day off
because of sunshine. The last time was two years ago.
Truly, it is a glorious day. If you have never been to Western Washington when the sun is shining, then you are missing out on one of God's great gifts. I'm glad that the Bellingham principal sees things the same way. I hope not one of those lucky-ducky children wastes the day inside playing video games!
I am also thrilled to report that our baby apple trees in the backyard have blossoms on them this spring -- for the first time! Yay! The blueberry bushes are looking great, with countless delicate, pale buds that look like poofy skirts from the Gay 90's. The strawberries are making their own sweet show in greens, whites, and yellows. And, I have planted my geraniums and marigolds and peas. I love my rainy, grey winters here in the PNW; but, I love my vibrant, flashy springs, too!
Please consider signing up or donating to World Concern's "Free Them" 5K/10K Fundraiser to fight human trafficking. My whole family is signed up to run -- Sadie and Jason are tackling the 5K part, and I will grimly face the 10K. I think it is in Fremont, so there will be hills.
If you're interested at all in donating, here is a link to our family's fundraising page: