Archive for March, 2009

Happy Anniversary…to Us!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

DH and I celebrate 19 years of marriage today. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!


Andy Hallett Dies

Monday, March 30th, 2009

andy-hallettThirty-three is too young.  Andy played Lorne, the green singing demon with a heart of gold on Angel.  He died after a five-year battle with heart disease.

I feel so badly for his family and friends.  The news report says his dad was with him when he died.  It’s just not the natural order of things for parents to bury their children.

Rest in peace, Andy.

via Whedonesque

GOP: “Borrow and Spend” and Off-Budget Emergency Spending Are Bad, Bad, Bad…

Friday, March 27th, 2009

now.  Where were these people when George W. Bush was hocking the US to the Chinese to pay for his off-the-books war?  And why didn’t the NPR reporter ask that question?

Dance, Dance, Dance

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This makes me smile:

And it reminds me of this, which makes me laugh out loud:

Lilly Ledbetter and Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb Speak Tomorrow Night

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Don’t miss it!  Ms. Ledbetter and Chief Justice Cobb will speak tomorrow (March 26) at 6:15 PM in Reid Chapel at Samford University.  The event is free and open to the public.

At 5:30, there will be a private reception with the speakers in the Great Hall of Cumberland Law School at Samford.  Tickets to the reception are $100, and they also guarantee preferred seating at the main event.

Important note:  all money raised over the cost of the event will be gifted to Ms. Ledbetter, who has worked without compensation for a decade to guarantee equal pay for equal work.  So — even if you can’t attend the private reception, you can still make a contribution in person or by mail (P. O. Box 430114, Vestavia Hills AL 35243). This event is sponsored by the Over the Mountain Democrats.

30 Minutes!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

cartoon_runnerI’m a bit behind schedule reaching this milestone, but better late than never, right?

Actually, I reached it Sunday but was afraid to write about it until I’d done it twice, fearing that the first time was a fluke born of laying off for a week.  Well, sort of laying off.  I did my last 14/1, 2 cycles, 30 minutes total our first day at Disney World.  It was quiet and lovely on the exercise trail early that Sunday morning.  It was also…sandy.  A bit like running on the beach, which sounds a lot more fun than it actually is.  It may be easier on the joints, but it’s hell on the muscles.  After that, um, invigorating experience, we hit the Magic Kingdom before it opened and, except for a couple of meals and a short rest break, hiked from one side of the park to the other till 1 AM.  A couple of days like that and I decided that running would be superfluous.  In fact, my feet were so sore by the time we left Orlando on Saturday that running sounded impossibly painful.  But back to the track I went on Sunday afternoon, metaphorically holding my breath to see if I could run 30 minutes without stopping.  And I did!  Yay!

Today I ran on the treadmill.  Uphill all the way.  As I may have whined mentioned before, our treadmill has a minimum incline of 1.5 (1.5 what, I still don’t know), and it’s a lot harder than running on a nice flat track.  I didn’t have much hope that I’d finish my 30 minutes, but I did.  Which makes it real — I can actually do it!

Thanks, Dr. Renée!!!


The running program is here.

Related posts:

Random Cool Stuff at Disney World — Part 3

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

15YOD auditioned for the American Idol preliminaries today.  She easily made the first cut and went on to the next round — where she was told that her voice is too legitimate for what they want.

So say we all.


(She was not crushed.  When you’re a theatre kid, being told that they’d be all over you if they were looking for theatre people is a huge compliment.  She’s not interested in being the next Kelly Clarkson; she’d rather be the next Idina Menzel.)

Random Cool Stuff at Disney World — Part 2

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Watching Discovery slip the surly bonds of earth over the spires of Space Mountain.


Photo by nephew Zach.

Random Cool Stuff at Disney World – Part 1

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Soarin’.  It’s a gift from the gods to a lifelong acrophobic who still dreams of flying.

Pine Belt Progressive

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Gene ‘O, who has been keeping tabs on the meltdown of Alabama’s PACT program over at Left in Alabama, is blogging at Pine Belt Progressive.  Check him out!