I’m recording an occasional Curiosity Journal. Tag words are: reading, playing, learning, reacting…and writing.Reading: Haven’t progressed in Sophie’s World. I set it aside last week when I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed. I did start Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment, however, so that I could participate in book club over at TheHighCalling.org. I wrote about it yesterday.Playing: Didn’t play much this past week. Instead, I blew my way through two boxes of tissues. But here’s something that might make you laugh: this amusing archived post by Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer (ht: Stretch Mark Mama).Learning: Neti pots are strange, but effective.Reacting: I awoke early on Saturday morning hoping I’d have energy to jog our city’s half marathon. Our family trained (less than we’d like; enough to finish), but I’d been sick for several days. The Belgian Wonder took one look at me that morning and shook his head. “I don’t think you should run. You should rest.”I pulled on my running tights and shorts anyway. “I can ride down with you and stay in the van if need be,” I responded, continuing to don my gear. After eating a blueberry Pop-Tart, I stuffed my cell phone inside a plastic baggie, a big wad of tissues into another, and placed them both in a fanny pack to wear as I jogged. At the last minute, I filled the zippered pockets with some Gu and Chapstick.En route, my friend Charity texted and said she’d cheer me on at mile 5, offering to drive me home if I couldn’t continue. With that insurance policy in place, I lined up for the start of the race. We began tortoise-like, making steady progress toward mile 5. Charity was right there; I ran over and gave her a big, grateful hug. “I’m going to keep on going!” I exclaimed. “I think I can finish, even if I walk.” She nodded, and we parted ways.Though I continually coughed and blew my nose along the way, I progressed slowly, all the way to the end. My time was terrible, but I finished the race.The rest of Saturday and all of Mother’s Day, my legs were creaky, reacting to the abuse.Writing: Occasional blog posts. Emails. Plans for next fall’s school year. That’s about all I can manage to write. Summer is prime writing time for me, so in just a few weeks I hope to begin producing many words, paragraphs, posts and more. In the meantime, I scrape up what I can and stick it together using quick-dry rubber cement. Hope you don’t spot the seams. There you have it. A Curiosity Journal that reveals what I’m reading, playing, learning, reacting to and writing.
[…] I went downtown Indianapolis to cheer for the runners in the Indy 500 Mini Marathon. Ann Kroeker and her family had trained for the 13.1-mile event, so I decided to meet them at mile five. If you […]
They’re a handful of productive activities for me. On my side, I get too stressed out by the processing of my immigration that my writings for my blogs tend to get put on the back burner. But once, my move is all done, then I can establish a concrete plan and schedule for solid writings for my blogs.
I admire women who make time to exercise. I’ll be making a complete turn in my career soon and with a new schedule (with me being the boss of my time), exercising will be a priority. 🙂
You sound like a determined woman who will bring her goals to fruition! So nice to see you here–thanks so much for your comment!
Lisa Smith @stretchmarkmama says
I hear more and more good things about the neti pot. One of these days I’ll work up the nerve and get one of those “teapots” for myself!
Ann, I’m in awe that you finished that half marathon. Amazing! Hope you’re over the bug now.
Don’t be too impressed, because I jogged so slowly that I actually shuffled for a mile or more, deciding I didn’t even care if I scraped away the soles of my shoes! And my jog is so slow that several walkers passed me by! 🙂
Congrats on muddling through 13.1 miles when battling a cold! ack! I was sick during the Champaign half two weeks ago . . . I think the illness gave me something else to think about, besides running to TWO HOURS. Not that I want to do that again. 🙂
I’ve enjoyed your CJ posts and have been considering joining in for the summer, which is always a good creative time for me too. The way you summarize your creative life is encouraging, making me want to give it a go!
You’re faster and stronger than I am by at least an hour! 🙂
I was inspired, however, to get out and begin a regular maintenance schedule for the summer. Maybe I’ll do another half marathon in the fall, when I’m in better shape. Maybe I’ll surprise myself with a far better time?
You are SO creative, I think you would love keeping a CJ!
Charity Singleton says
Even when you are sick you make the curiosity journal interesting! I love it!
I also couldn’t resist – especially after I saw that you had written about it yourself here – including our mini-marathon meeting from over the weekend in a post on perseverance. I hope readers will come over here and see just all that you had to persevere through last Saturday!
Blessings, friend. Can’t wait to read all of those words you have promised!