Monthly Archives: June 2011

Getting Married!

On Saturday, that is.Β  People keep asking me if I’m nervous, and I am, but not about getting married. My OCD self is just worried about whether there will be enough chairs, and whether everyone will have a good time, and whether everything will get set up without people freaking out. The married part? No sweat.

Except for that whole “reciting vows on stage” part. Maybe I should practice those in front of a mirror.

I’ll post the ceremony text afterwards (no spoilers here!) because I know I used blogs extensively trying to find a good non-religious ceremony to borrow bits from. I think it turned out really well, but we’ll see how it goes over with everyone else.

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Race Recap: The Love Run (10K) 6/5/11

As of this morning, I can no longer say that I haven’t run further than 6 miles.

We signed up for the Love Run, benefiting Senior Concerns and Meals on Wheels, somewhere around January. We’d been looking for a race that was close to our wedding, and wasn’t too long (half and full marathons were out), and wasn’t too short (5K and 1 mile races were out). After searching on Active.com, the Love Run was the closest we came. Plus, who can resist an event called the Love Run 13 days before getting married?

Parking was abysmally marked when we arrived, about 20 minutes before registration opened. We’d picked up our race packets two days before (and purchased new Injinji socks and some running hats), so we didn’t need to wait in line, but we wanted time to get our bearings. Once we finally found the starting line, we got in line for the porta-potties and wandered the various booths for awhile.

We found a fabulous tent manned by Omega Rehab, who stretched our legs out thoroughly for free before the race started. We downed some bars (a Luna bar for me, Clif bar for Leo) about 30 minutes before the race started, and hit the bathrooms one more time.

The race got started around 8:15 due to the number of people waiting in the registration line. All told, I heard there were about 1,000 people registered for the race. It was an out-and-back course, for both the 5K and the 10K.

I felt great for about the first 5 miles. I would have run faster, but Leo was making sure I kept to our agreed upon pace (around 10:30/mile). It was a great course, mostly flat with a few hills, and there were the perfect number of water stations along the way. Around mile 4, my feet really started hurting, but Leo kept me going right through the finish. No walking at all for us, despite not having run more than 4 miles in a training run.

We finished at 1:05.55 (me) and 1:05.53(Leo) and were extremely happy with our race. It was so exciting to be racing in an athletic event again, and I can’t wait to do another one. Pictures to come once I’m not too lazy/in pain to get the camera out of the car. πŸ™‚

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#YASaves

It started with an article in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html?mod=e2tw
A curiously inflammatory, view count boosting article. Essentially, it bemoans the “darkness” of current YA literature, and puts forth the view that teenagers should be reading happy fluffy stories about flowers and unicorns, lest the get dangerous ideas about how the world really works and become atheists or something.

*cough* Sorry. I get worked up over the HappyBookers.

It also says flat out that if parents ask for books to be removed from shelves in libraries and bookstores, they should be commended for showing “good taste” rather than called censors.

Sorry WSJ. I’ll keep calling them censors. Because they can display good taste all they want and not buy, not read, and keep away from their children all the books they want. But the minute they try to keep them away from everyone, is when I will call it like it is. You keep information from me or anyone else, and I get cranky.

Young adult literature kept me sane as a teenager. The darkness of the stories told me that I wasn’t alone in feeling the ways I felt, and that terrible things could happen and you could still pull through. That people survived the worst, and more, without becoming irreparably broken. To feed me stories of Dick, Jane, and their dog Spot, would have been to condemn me to a life of sadness and hopelessness.

tl;dr…if you don’t like a book, don’t read it. If you want some suggestions of books you DO like, ask a librarian.

P.S. To see the Twitter awesomeness that has descended from this article, check out the hashtag #YAsaves. It came to my attention from @neilhimself, and I know @libbabray has been publicizing it too, as well as @cleolinda.

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