Pizza for Dinner
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
As promised

you call me ms memetastic
5 items in fridge
1. grapes
2. Bailey's
3. cider
4. honeycup mustard
5. 1% milk

5 items in my closet
1. a sweater extravaganza
2. winter boots
3. my bridesmaid dress
4. my college graduation gown
5. an overflowing shoe rack

5 items in my car
1. CDs
2. blanket and road emergency kits
3. ice scraper
4. cell phone charger
5. maps

5 items in my bag
1. USB hub
2. PDA
3. charges for my mp3 player and cell phone
4. umbrella
5. back up disk for my laptop

5 items on my desk (at work)
1. Plush flesh eating microbe from Think Geek
2. Comics and humorous articles
3. stress ball
4. nalgene bottle of water
5. Demotivational calendar from Think Geek

5 items on my coffee table (no garden)
1. A pottery bear in that american indian style from the Grand Canyon
2. A chinese toad with a lucky coin in its mouth
3. remote controls
4. magazines
5. toys and things to fiddle with

4 favorite foods other people think are disgusting
1. Casey's burger with cheddar, blue cheese and grilled onions
2. seafood
3. Times Square hot dogs
4. sushi

4 favorite books
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. The Baroque Cycle
3. Shel Silverstein
4. Pattern Recognition

4 favorite places in the world
1. Nice, France
2. snowed in my apartment with a book and hot chocolate
3. anywhere my best friends are
4. San Francisco area

4 foods I wouldn't eat on a dare
1. olives
2. pig's feet
3. head cheese
4. quiche
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Feeling SO girly
I just purchased these, in red patent leather, using a gift certificate to deflate the cost. I think it was a good decision.

As I asked Nessa in a quick email poll of the sexy v. slutty factor of the above shoes, where the hell have I been while Carlos Santana has been designing ladies shoes?

Editor's Note: I found Carlos Santana shoes while searching, they above pair are not his. Just in case there was confusion.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
meg rennt
I ran in the Dexter-Ann Arbor 5K on Sunday. The graduate school paid for my registration so I decided why not get a free t-shirt. I run 3.1 miles each Saturday and Sunday anyway, I may as well profit. Although, I didn't actually run last Saturday. Anyway, my total time was 31:31 which keeps me at my usual, medium pace. I actually passed people that weren't walking, so I'm proud of myself. They weren't all children or elderly either. I don't particularly like running and I'm SLOW so it's somewhat of an accomplishment. I'd like to do it again next year, maybe moving up to the 10K. The half marathon is farther away. I'm not sure if I want to do half marathons and marathons, but it could be cool. My dad has taken to doing them the last few years so who knows. I know he enjoys it. I just get a little bored running that much. Plus tired and out of breath.

The run itself was fun though, despite the fact that I had to get up at the crack of dawn. That alone, plus not eating anything because I was up at the crack of dawn, means that my "usual pace" is possibly a little faster than I last measured in the gym. I did have to drive around downtown to find parking for a while, which meant I had to run/speed walk to the finish line to pick up my bib and timer and catch the shuttle bus to the start site. That all had to be done by 7am. The shuttles were managed very well though, I have to say. Then I waited at the school near the start site for about an hour and walked 3/4 of a mile to the start line. All told I probably ran/walked more like 5-6 miles that day.

For the 5K and perhaps also the 10K you have the option of walking the course, which a lot of people did. Especially families. There were a lot more women with strollers than I was anticipating. Unfortunately this meant that I spent about a half mile or a mile weaving around the walkers. I heard one woman tell her children to hang back so the runners could go first, since we are more likely to care about our time/pace. That was really considerate of her and I wish more people had thought of that. Or that they had tried to stick to the edge of the road or whatnot.

It's not a big deal, but I was impressed by the woman who hung back. She must have been a runner when she was younger. Anyway, there were so many people that it took me 3-4 minutes to actually cross the start line. The course was fine, we had water about 2 miles in, there were a lot of people singing and such on the side of the road and cheering us on. And then when we finished there was free food and a new t-shirt. So you can't argue with piles of free bread, yogurt, smoothies, turkey burgers without the bun, fruit and WATER. The water 2 miles in was totally awesome. I need a camelback, I think. You can see various photos of me crossing the finish line here. I look much less crappy than I had guessed. The course almost ends in a hill. It's a few blocks short of the finish. My legs were dying at that point but thankfully one of the race coordinators shouted that it was only a block and a half and I guilted my body into running the whole way. That finish line looked far away though.

Rackham also took a photo of me when I stopped at their booth. They wanted proof that graduate students had actually run the race so I let them take my photo even though it'll now probably be on the cover of some pamphlet for new students or something. Whatever, they're just jealous.

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