It’s here!!!

Guess what?

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I’m 32. Time has flown SOOOO quickly. I was talking to one of my collegues the other day. When he was 32, his daughter was only 4 or 5 and he was MY band director. Now, his daughter is graduating with her masters from UT and his program “feeds” my program. I could go on with stories like this for days. I guess the one thing that makes me really feel old is thinking about this kid I used to babysit in college. When his parents moved to San Marcos to lead the band program at SWT, Aaron was just 4. Yesterday, he turned 18 and has just graduated from high school!!! Aaron running around the band field at breaks during rehearsals yelling, “Has anybody SEEN Cathy Benford?” just seems like the other day.

Okay, enough with the memories. Today’s going to be a busy day. Work all day and our banquet tonight. Len gets here mid-day!!! I’m going to have to take some “stop” time today to celebrate his arrival.

Y’all have a wonderful day!

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MAY 20, 2005. The countdown begins!

Today is May 3. We are now 3 days into my birthday month!!! Including today (thanks to online shopping) you have 18 shopping days until my birthday. Now, you folks who live out of town will have to make sure to leave time for shipping.

If you haven’t guessed, I LOVE my birthday. I think it should be a national holiday. I don’t even mind getting older! Some folks think that’s wierd but a few agree with me about the way a birthday should be celebrated. Either way, I LOVE my birthday!!!! This year, I’ll be 32 years old. I remember when I thought I’d never reach 32! Funny how our young minds work.

The one thing I’m not absolutely excited about is I have to work on my birthday. Not just your average every day work day (what exactly is that, by the way?) but I have one of my extra long, almost 2 day long work days that day. We have our band banquet on my birthday. On one hand, it’s a fun idea knowing I’ll celebrate the big day with all my students and their parents. On the other hand, I have to work from 7:30 or 8:00 am until 11:00 or midnight that night. That’s a long day…and I don’t even get to have a birthday drink until the next day. Boo! Another time Piojo will have to drink 8 for me.

So, enough with the negative, let’s get to talking about the positive. I don’t know if I’m going to have a big party but I certainly want to celebrate. If you’re going to be in the Austin area that weekend (May 20 is a Friday), let me know. Saturday, we can go for drinks or something. I’m not feeling a need to drag home stinking drunk and pass out on the way home, like I did last year (thank you Cathy T for taking care of me!!), just an outing with maybe some dinner, drinks & dancing. Let me know if you can come! Presents are nice but optional. I’ve got a “Wish List” at Amazon.com. 😉

Balance of self

I didn’t work out yesterday, I just wanted to sit at home and veg. Cathy T came over and we watched TV and had some pizza. (My pizza was mostly veggies and had a thin crust, doesn’t that make it okay?) I don’t get to see her very often so it was nice that we kicked back and caught up. This morning, Len woke me up when he called on his way to work. I’m glad he called because if I would have slept any longer, it would have been too much sleep and today would be absolutely useless.

So, I got up, filled and ran the dishwasher and headed to the apartment complex work out room. Again, there wasn’t anyone in there so I started my work out peacefully and alone. I really need moments like that — where I can be out of my home but alone. I tried using the elliptical machine but I felt like I was too tall for it or something. My legs just didn’t cycle as long as I wanted them too so I couldn’t keep my balance. I’ve heard other people say that’s what it feels like when you first try it. I wasn’t feeling patient enough to try to work through that akward feeling so I moved back over to the bike. Another 30 minutes, this time on level 2. Because I tried the elliptical machine for about 10 mintues before getting really frustrated, I really got a longer workout than I’d intended. By the end of the 30 minutes on the bike, I was beat. My legs didn’t want to let me stand right away.

I know I’m really not keeping consistent enough with my workout but I do what I can when I can. I feel work is starting to get at that point that it overwhelms everything else called life. It happens this time every year so I just have to learn how to make sure I’m keeping things in balance. I guess more so than “getting in shape” or losing a few pounds, my goals in eating right and keeping an active lifestyle is just keeping life in good balance. I have quite a bit to keep in balance so that in itself is quite a bit of work.

———- ———- evening update ———- ———-

After I got home from working out, I felt sooo tired. Not physically tired — my body feels really good. But all of a sudden, I felt totally drained. I took a shower and only got more tired. I talked to my folks and they said it sounded like my body was trying to keep from getting sick. My dad, mom & sister have all been suffering from cold symptoms lately so it’s likely that I am getting a little sick. It’s about that time of year. So, I took a 2 hour or so nap. It felt good but I’m still tired. I spent the rest of the day sitting around the apartment doing not much of anything. I have a lot of things that need to be done but sometimes, it’s more productive to take a day off than to work and work then get sick and be out for days. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow.

Feel the burn, don’t forget to breathe!

Today, I decided to head to my apartment complex’s work out room. I’ve lived here for a year and a half and never explored it. I’ve never been a big fan of gyms or work out rooms. Did 30 minutes on level 3 on the bike. I worked up quite the sweat and I feel pretty good. I think what I liked most about this work out room is that I got in there early enough that I was the only one there and there were only 3 other people after my 30 minute ride. I deal with enough random people during the day (okay, so my 150 students aren’t random people but they go to school with 1850 random people) that too many others when I get home is not okay. I had a horrible night’s sleep (if you can call it sleep) last night so that work out was just what I needed. Hopefully, I’ll have a good nights sleep tonight. I have another long day tomorrow. I’ll work out again on Friday.

Bleh

I think I maybe wearing myself a bit ragged. Since the New Year has started, I’ve been going and going. Last weekend, everytime I’d lay down, I think I fell asleep! Today, I had some symptoms of the current strain of flu — stomach and lower back aching, whole body exhausted. No fever or major headache, though. I talked to my dad for a long time and he doesn’t think it’s the flu. It might be the drastic changes in weather that have had everyone’s allergies (including mine) in Central Texas all confused. Or, now that I’m trying to keep with the change in diet and addition of consistent activity, my body is flushing all the gunk I’ve packed in over the holidays. Or, it could just be the 14 hour day at work I did on Tuesday.

Whatever the cause of this current ailment, I’m hoping it will pass quickly. I really don’t feel like being sick right now, my “window” of my life that is open to me taking time off for personal illness has passed and now, my being out from work will only hold me and my entire ensemble back. If I am getting sick though, I can’t fight it. I must let it do it’s thing and pass without me trying to deny that it’s happening. Denile will only prolong the torture.

So, with that said, I’m taking my dose of vitamin C and going to bed. I have to be up at 5am tomorrow. Oh yeah, I’m taking it easy, huh? *shakes head*