Friday, March 23, 2012

Businesses suck, too!

I just cancelled by domain name with NETWORK SOLUTIONS because I haven't used it and haven't had time to really manage it. However, they opted me in to an auto-renewal without notifying me, and I had to CALL in order to opt out. By ths time, of course, they had already renewed the domain, charged my credit card, and were all set to basically take my money without ever letting me know. I was forced to call them - and when I explained the situation to them, they refunded my money and then said "There is a $10 refund request fee charge." WTF?????? Obviously, I feel this is a bunch of BS. The rep said she would "elevate" this request of fee waiver to the billing department, but when I asked if there was someone in the billing department I could speak to, she said "they don't take calls." How conveninent...and that is exactly what I told her.

It's 10 bucks, right? Not that big of a deal in the big picture of things - however, it's the principle of it all. It's an absolute SCAM!!!! DO NOT USE NETWORK SOLUTIONS for anything - unless you are willing to keep one eye on them at all times! Seriously ridiculous. OK. I think I'm done ranting for now.

Moving on to other, more important things...I head to Decatur, TX today to hang out with a dear friend and prep for a race I am not really prepped for...50 miles on the trails at Grasslands Park. Ummm....yeeeeaaaahhhh. It's been rainyg and cool at night, with temps during the day set to hit the low 80s tomorrow. Fortunately I handle the heat fairly well, although not sure how well I'll deal with it on the trails and with the humidity. Hoping that the trails are not as sandy as they were last year due to all the rain we've had, but also hoping they dry out enough to avoid the muddy bogs of 2 years ago; if it's too muddy, I'll likely not even attempt it. Or I'll attempt it but with hopes of just turning it into a long run. I need one, anyway. (It would be nice to earn the buckle, though!) HA! We'll just have to wait and see what comes along tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm so lucky to have my friend Yolie taking care of me tonight and tomorrow - good friends are a most valuable and valued treasure!

I'm not nearly as nervous about this race as I probably should be...but perhaps the nerves will finally settle in tomorrow morning? Likely it will happen when I am about to start the race and can no longer remain in denial. One of these days I'll learn, but obviously it's not any time soon. Or any time soon enough, I should say.

Here it is already the Friday of my spring break and I have really accomplished less than half of what I needed to do and intended to do. I feel a bit guilty about not putting my nose to the grindstone as I feel I should have, but I've slept and slept and slept, watched movies, sewed, and generally been a lazy lazy bum. I wish I had just gone ahead and bought a plane ticket to somehwere - picked out a spot I'd never visited and up and left. But now it's too late! However, perhaps I'll take a weekend trip in April; after all, I did take one in early March, even if it didn't turn out exactly to my liking. definitely might be worth doing. Keeping my eye on airfare.

OK. Time to get started with the day. I've got a lot to do and I actually need to DO it! Keep your fingers crossed for me, my friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What we WANT to do...

Is very different than what we feel we HAVE to do.  For example, I slept in this morning (daylight savings time screws me up this time of year!), got out of bed, and managed to mix and make two batches of cookies, bake a key lime pie, clean my bathroom and kitchen (including all the dishes I had dirtied during baking), and vacuum my entire apartment in just over two hours...because I have a small group of pals coming over tonight and I promised them homemade desserts.  Also because apparently having friends come over means that I feel obligated to clean (not that my place is ever very messy or dirty...but you know how it goes).  HOWEVER, I still have PLENTY of school work that I could be doing - and it's going to take plenty more time than just over two hours.  BUT I don't really feel like doing it; I've been doing it for a long time (or at least been thinking about doing it!), and I'm weary of it.  I am technically on spring break now - though I am in clinics Thursday-Saturday - and all I can think about is how much WORK I'm going to have to be doing.  <sigh>  I wish I had a group of friends that could inspire me the same way I am inspired by them coming over to my house.  (No disrespect to my schoolmates, who are all inspiring - it's just a different sort f inspiration).  Anyway, enough whining.

The weather is gorgeous!  The humidity is coming in with a vengeance, but these 70-80 degree days are lovely...walking around without a coat is delightful!  Of course, that means that I still have to carry a jacket, because it is the season of unseasonably cool weather INside.  Yep.  But I don't care.  I love the sun.  And, my running of late has been really really strong!  Managed to keep up with the "fast girls" this past Saturday, and I wasn't killing myself to do it.  Until the end, that is.  But I was still able to muster up a cool down mile after a super fast 11th mile, so I'm thrilled.  Maybe my trail race coming up in 10 days won't be too disastrous after all.

OK.  I am just procrastinating further, obviously, be continuing to blog rather than getting to the other things (not as much fun!) I need to do today.  Hope everyone is enjoying the gorgeous weather, is happy, and looking forward to something...the weekend, a dinner with a loved one, a gathering with friends, or just smelling the spring blooms.  We are all going to die some day, so we might as well make the most of every day we are alive!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It's been a long time, baby!

And to be frank, I had all but forgotten that I had a blog...that's how crazy my life has been of late!  But, it's time to start cracking again - even though I'm really jus using this as an excuse to not get to work.  <sigh>

So...a quick one before I get my chicken in the crock pot and force myself to get some school stuff done.  Because I had a REALLY fantastic run this morning!  Ran 12.5 miles with the "fast girls," and felt amazing!  Must have been the hills...or the tulips that we got to see.  Such a nice little reward.  I feel better at a faster pace than as slower one these days, but that's a good thing, right?  Regardless, I haven't had a run like that in a very long time - gives me hope that I'm not going downhill as fast I as thought.

I could go on and on about stuff right now, but since I do have a list today, I better get going.  Just had to put it down.  It's been a struggle, the training, this semester - with 4 part-time jobs and 6 hours of PhD coursework to do, I admit that I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew.  Thank goodness for spring break next week - a chance to really drill down and finish up, so I can do at least a LITTLE coasting toward the end of the semester!

I'll try to remember to be better about blogging.  At least once a week, right?  For my one follower and those of you who check back on occasion - I vow to do more!  Have a great weekend and don't forget to spring forward....