Friday, May 18, 2012

Foto Friday: It's Been Awhile...

...but I came across these and just had to share.

5 pounds of for thought.

My next long

I LOVE this.

Friday, May 11, 2012

50 Shades of Gray

I am a shameless huckster.  I lured you in with "mommy porn" (that's a phrase I hate as much as 'baby bump').  Yes, I've read it.  Well, that isn't entirely true.  I started to read it, but the writing was too horrible and I soon abandoned it.  So this is not a book review.

After my last post I was asked for an update on my pigmentally challenged hair follicles.  In other words, how's the gray growing in?  I decided back in August I was done coloring my hair.  It was an uphill battle and the grays were winning.  I decided to embrace middle age and just go with it.  It's nine months later and there is considerable growth, although not as much as I had hoped, damn!  I did do one lowlight treatment back in February to even out my skunk line and I kind of regret it (although it looked fab at the time).  It did soften the line, but the places where the lowlights were put in have turned brassy, like my colored hair.  There is still considerable gray mixed in with that, but live and learn.  So here is where I am at.

It is really gray/white around my face.  

This is the photo I doctored last summer to get a sneak peak.  Pretty damn near close.  should be interesting when it's fully grown in which will be when I am dead at this rate.

Not AS bad in the back......of course.

Damn.  should have stuck it out.  
There you have it.  I should be done in another year at this rate.  I will not cut my hair short.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hello, My Name Is....

I almost feel like I need to reintroduce myself.  Hello, my name is Regina and I'm a recovering blogaholic.  I don't mean to offend or make light of AA; respect.  It's just been a while since I blogged and I used to be addicted...not no mo'.  So, if there is anyone left out there still subscribed, I'll do my best to be entertaining.  Otherwise, whatever.

Did I mention Kindergarten is a lot of work?  I think I may have, but it bears repeating.  It's probably not just Kindergarten, but school in general.  I seem to remember a lot of coloring, painting, snacks and naps.  Not plot development, character building, triangular prisms, trapezoids, Venn diagrams and the historical live's of saints (ok, I made up that last one).  But what do I know, I'm just a parent (who's already had a beer...or two).  

I was also in charge of the class art project for our school's annual auction.  We did scratch foam prints and then I assembled them into a frame.  Combined they made $3100 for the school.  Nice.

I've been busy, as you can see.  It's been a huge change this year with my son's school and my new job;  not as much down time, I always seem to be 'on duty'.  It makes training tough.

Ah, yes, training.  I pretty much bailed on it this winter.  Oddly enough, I had no anxiety about going for days without doing anything.  I was happy.  However, that didn't last.  At some point, as I suspected might happen, I started to get the itch.  It was a small itch, demanding a light scratch, but an itch, nonetheless.  I've been lightly scratching.  Ok, medium scratching.  What does that mean?  Let me tell you...

I am signed up to do exactly two races this year and both because my entry fee was $0.  First: the NYC Triathlon.  I was a volunteer captain last summer at this race which garnered me a free entry for this year (booya!).  I seriously thought of deferring because I am just not into it.  However, I did not.  I am doing the very minimum amount of training to get me to the finish line.  How do I feel about this?  Fan-fucking-tastic!  I don't feel any stress or pressure.  It is such a load off my mind.  Yes, I am swimming and biking and running, but not with the same past intensity.  I'm just gonna have fun.  I am going to make my old time look like I broke the sound barrier compared to what I do this year.  But wait, it gets better....

Last year I had to defer my entry in the NYC Marathon because of injury.  This year I had to decide if I was going to take that entry.  I had until midnight April 23rd to make that decision.  At 9:24 PM on April 23rd I decided to just go for it.  I have no idea how my feet will hold up, but what the hell.  I already had a new running partner who runs as slow as I do (she doesn't know about this blog, phew!) which has made running so much sweeter.  Who knew?  I always thought I would hate running with someone.  It helps that she has a great sense of humor, has a son the same age as mine and curses like a sailor; so refreshing.  I think I might be the anti-mom mom.  

I am planning on training completely differently this year.  Last year was for time, this year for a finish.  I also plan on running less during the week.  I am going to be 45 years old in a month's time.  I also happen to know a few things about my own body, having been involved in athletics my entire life.  My body does not do well when pushed to train too often, it needs rest.  Yes, I get the whole 'training your body to work even when it's tired' thing, but I am not sure that works for me.  In the 3+ years since I started doing triathlon I never got faster in my running.  In fact, I would say, I got slower.  I am willing to accept that I may be wrong, but I am going to see what a more conservative training plan will do for me this year.  For example, last year I ran 5 days a week with a long run every weekend, each weekend getting a bit longer than the last.  To be fair, I was only running and there was no swim/bike.  This time around I plan on running three days a week with a long run every other weekend, the opposite weekend being a run half the mileage (or time) of the long run.  It'll get me to the finish line I believe, and that's all I want.  I am not time motivated, but I am happy. 

There is so much and so little to tell.  I think that will suffice for now.