I received a donation from someone I don't know who lost his sister to cancer. One of my co-workers recently lost her mother to breast cancer. The wife of another co-worker has a friend currently being treated for breast cancer at the same hospital as Kelly. It's amazing how many people have been touched by cancer and how compassionate everyone is.
When I realized how close we were getting, I had Kelly pick out the hair dye. Cupcake Pink is the official color and we're planning a little girls night to turn my hair into cotton candy. It's already been ordered and shipped. This time next week, I'll look like Strawberry Shortcake. Which should be interesting since I'm going to a structural engineering conference next week. Oh well, it will be a good conversation starter.
Christi - I don't know if you saw my response to the last post. I was in Vegas all weekend so I didn't see it until this week. Either way, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still want to donate! If you want to include a note, I'm keeping all letters/messages to give to Kelly with the donation.
Then on Monday I worked until 6:30, on Tuesday I worked until 7. The temps last week were in the sub-zero range so I did not run before work. I'm pretty bad at working out after a late day at the office and I don't sleep well if I work out after 7 or 8 pm.
Then there was my birthday.
1 med onion
2 red bell peppers
1 T minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 T chopped cilantro
6 c stock
salt and pepper
Heat oil in large pot and chop all veggies. Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato, jalapeno, and oregano until onions are translucent. Add stock and black beans, bring to simmer. Simmer 10 min, add cilantro. Using a stick blender, coarsely blend soup. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve with fat free sour cream and a few sprigs of cilantro. With all the protein and fiber in this, you can't go wrong!
You know you're a little overwhelmed when doing laundry and dishes is an appealing weekend activity. I feel a little guilty for not hitting the books today, but I also know that I'm much more efficient and productive after a little rest. I've also noticed that when I focus this much energy into work and studying, that I can't focus on other things. Halfway into a conversation with John, I'll realize I have no idea what he's talking about. Or at work, I forget the second half of a list of things to do. Or I'll stop at Wal-Mart for something I absolutely needed and then forget what it was. When someone asks me where we should go to get lunch, I can't make a decision. Yesterday, I officially registered for 8 hours of the 16 hour exam and then immediately started having dooms-day-type thoughts. I'm not a forgetful person, so when I start misplacing things like my keys, then I know I'm in over my head.
So instead of working through sample problems and summarizing all of the important geotechnical and foundations-related equations, I went for a 6.2 mile trail run with some friends. I'm going to do a little more laundry, and I might even throw a nap in before the big game. The only numbers I looked at today were time and distance on my Garmin, and I'm OK with that.
So what does this all mean? Snow shoeing is almost as efficient at burning calories as interval running and a little better than spinning. I should note the running numbers came from my last mile intervals run, the snow shoeing was from when I went out with SF and we "ran" a little over a mile and then hiked the rest, and the spinning was from an interval set. I wouldn't be surprised if a complete running workout in snow shoes is more efficient at burning calories than running. Running in snow shoes is pretty tough and so far I haven't been able to run much more than 1 mile. I'm not surprised the spinning numbers are the lowest since it is a non-impact workout.
I was pretty surprised at the amount of calories I burned. Snow shoeing isn't the best workout if you're trying to train for speed or do intervals, but it's a great option when there is 8" of snow on the ground, like there is right now. I plan on taking the snow shoes out again this weekend, and hopefully make it running 1 1/2 miles.