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A few nice folks have asked how that talk went that I did a couple of weeks ago. I think it went well, considering that I had a four-week-old baby. You can watch it here and tell me what you think. A couple of hours before I was scheduled to speak I had one of those “mommy brain” moments where I couldn’t think of a certain word because I was so sleep deprived (it was “car”), which led to a WHAT-WAS-I-THINKING freakout session where I pictured myself standing in front of the microphone saying, “Unnngh…ummm…err…” but I think it all turned out okay.
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I cannot explain how ridiculous I look when I jog. Not only do I flail around like Gumby on Xanax (leaving my children to imitate me in the most amusing ways, as I recounted in #4 here), but my outfits are getting increasingly bizarre. First of all, I started having some pain in my knees and legs. Based on what I read in the awesome, awesome book Born to Run, I did an experiment where I switched from my expensive Reeboks to some flat, stretchy Mary Jane style shoes with no support. The pain disappeared, my form improved, and my stamina was much better as well. The only problem was that the Mary Janes gave me blisters that no amount of Band Aids could help, so I started wearing thick running socks with them. Then I stopped bothering to put on workout clothes. Changing was one more roadblock to going out for a jog, and it’s not like I really needed them. I mean, my range of motion is pretty limited; it’s not like I’m doing pole vaulting across the neighborhood or anything.
The upshot of all this is that my neighbors keep seeing this red-faced woman panting and running down the street wearing Mary Janes with white athletic socks, a fitted short-sleeved shirt, and nice capri pants. By the looks on their faces, I think they’re not sure whether to laugh or call 911.
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When friends hear that I’m already jogging this soon after the baby, they usually think I’m either really Type A or crazy. It’s neither. (Well, I’m not Type A at least). As I’ve said before, I’ve realized that going out for a brisk jog gives me a huge energy boost. In fact, on the days that I’m sleep deprived from being up with the baby, whether or not I get a jog in makes all the difference in how well I’m able to get through the day. All my life I’ve been the ultimate couch potato, so I never saw myself getting into anything related to physical fitness, but I have to say, I’m sold on the benefits of jogging.
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This charming young lady would like to be a nun with the incredible Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, but she needs some help to pay off some debt first:
She came up with the clever idea to campaign for 800 people to donate $20, and is asking that each of us tell five friends about her fundraising efforts. I wanted to share it with all of you in case anyone feels moved to help her out. You can find out more about her story and her call to religious life at her blog.
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Here’s a wine tip from my husband the wine guy: You may have noticed that most stores post labels under each bottle that show what kind of ratings it’s gotten. Pay special attention to the WS rating. It stands for Wine Spectator, and they do blind tastings — i.e. the judges are not influenced by the prestige of a wine’s reputation, because they don’t know what they’re tasting. As far as I know, this is the only major rating that does it this way. Looking out for a high WS score is a great way to discover good bang-for-the-buck wines that might be unheard of but have great quality.
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That reminds me: I’ve discovered a fabulous new word. In fact, I think it may be my word of the year next year:
Cenosillicaphobia: The fear of an empty glass.
(Technically, the haterz at Merriam Webster do not have this listen in their dictionary. But I have to think that they will remedy that issue soon, as the English language really needs this word.)
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I say again: I am so sorry that I haven’t been able to reply to comments or emails lately. I’ve been teary-eyed over some of the kind and supportive comments I’ve received recently, and please know that I read and appreciate every one! I still have my hands full over here, but I’m hoping to get back on top of things soon.
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