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Jun. 25, 2010 | 06:47 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

These days I am working to change my theme song from this:
"Sad Sad Girl" by Greg Trooper

She's a sad, sad girl
A Sad, sad, girl
She don't try to fight it
Won't try to hide it
She's a sad, sad, girl

Was it always so?
Did her heart start that low?
Did she always believe
Love always deceives?
Was it always so?

No matter what you do
She'll pay no mind to you
To make her know you care
Is as futile as a prayer

She's a mining town
After the mine's shut down
Coal turned to diamonds
But she won't let you find them
She's a mining town

Once in a long, long, while
She might attempt a smile
But it works in reverse
She starts to hurt even worse

She's a sad, sad, girl
In a sad, sad, world
She won't try to fight it
Won't try to hide it
She's a sad, sad, girl

To this:
"I Believe in Love" by the Dixie Chicks

I made a promise to myself
Locked it away deep down inside
Told my heart we'd wait it out
Swore we'd never compromise
Oh I'd rather be alone
Like I am tonight
Than settle for the kind of love
That fades before the morning light

Silence stared me in the face
And I finally heard its voice
It seemed to softly say
That in love you have a choice
Today i got the answer
And there's a world of truth behind it
Love is out there waiting somewhere
You just have to go and find it

I believe in love, I believe in love
A love that's real, love that's strong
Love that lives on and on
Yes I believe in love
Yes I believe in love

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run run

Dec. 15, 2009 | 10:30 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

I don't know how much longer I'll keep this journal. But tonight I make a quick post!
  • ran my first marathon in October. it was very difficult.
  • ran two half marathons this weekend, one Saturday & one Sunday. that wasn't very difficult. cold though.
  • love my apartment.
  • my cat is crazy, he bites a lot and I don't know why, but he's still precious when he's not attacking me.
  • I got a big promotion & raise, work is a different level of busy now.
  • I met and exceeded all my 2009 resolutions, hooray! I'd even made a 2010 resolution and already met it this weekend (break 2 hours in a half marathon) so I need to start thinking on resolutions/goals for 2010.
2009 Resolutions & Recaps:
1. Run a half-marathon
(1a. run the half marathon in under 2 hours, 15 minutes. If not at the Shamrock, run another.)
END OF YEAR?: ran 4 half marathons, each under 2:15; also ran one full marathon
2. Go on 2 first dates
(2a. unless one of the dates results in a situation where I don't need a second date)
END OF YEAR?: went on a few dates, but still pretty much alone. I do not understand people who are able to line up dates and significant others so darn easily. I'm apparently too picky when I have absolutely no right to be.
3. Go on one promising job interview
(got to keep options open in a tough economy)
END OF YEAR?: two multi-stage interviews, took the promotion!
mostly I just wanted to post these lyrics from the Dixie Chicks, to try and keep positive for the future:

I made a promise to myself
Locked it away deep down inside
Told my heart we'd wait it out
Swore we'd never compromise
Oh I'd rather be alone
Like I am tonight
Than settle for the kind of love
That fades before the morning light

Silence stared me in the face
And I finally heard its voice
It seemed to softly say
That in love you have a choice
Today I got the answer
And there's a world of truth behind it
Love is out there waiting somewhere
You just have to go and find it


I believe in love, I believe in love
A love that's real, love that's strong
Love that lives on and on
Yes I believe in love
Yes I believe in love

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kitten

Aug. 11, 2009 | 06:49 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

I will post a real entry eventually, but to assuage my father, here is a nominal update regarding my new kitten Fry.  I have had Fry for one month.  This week I am bringing him to the vet to be neutered.  Poor little guy!

Things Fry likes to play with more than the toys I bought him:
  • a leaf that comes in off my shoe
  • a bug
  • dirt from my plants
  • plastic bags
  • popsicle stick
  • ring/tab off the milk jug
  • a shoelace (any shoe lace)
  • my flip flops if they are left out
  • my feet
  • my hair
  • his tail
  • his reflection in the mirror
  • electric cords (trying to stop this one)
  • the shower curtain
  • magazine subscription paper inserts
  • the litter in his litter box
  • his own feces
I'm sure I could continue but that's enough for now. 

In short... I absolutely love living alone in my new apartment.  I am training for a marathon and it is quite challenging in the heat & humidity of summer.  And I'm trying to work on socializing with new people in an attempt to make new friends.  You can't meet people if you don't talk to them.

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nomad

Apr. 16, 2009 | 11:34 pm
feeling: stressed stressed
posted by: nofxhoar

I want so, so badly to get my own apartment.  Space of my own.  A semblance of independence.  To take out and use all these homegoods I've been stockpiling over the last year.  To stop being a nomad and just settle.  I want to hang the bevy of framed photos that I have stashed under things.

But... apartments are expensive.

And it won't make my job or social life any more satisfying.  There is no magic fix for that.

But where & how do I distinguish between what I want & think will make me happy, versus the wise choice that doesn't hurt my friend and strain my wallet?

What if the apartment is loud?  What if my neighbors are terrible?  What if my computer/car/phone dies and I have to replace it?  What if somehow I lose my job?  What if none of those things break?

What if I don't like it after all?  What if I don't get over my fears of being alone?  What if I love it?



"I can't live my life always worried about "what if"
because what if I die tomorrow, then I never even lived"

-plain white t's

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Apr. 11, 2009 | 01:24 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

I am registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25. 

Twenty-six point two miles.

This'll be wild!

I am however the laziest runner ever.  Running hurts so much I'm scared to do it because I know I'll be limping for days afterwards.  I'm getting fit for custom orthotics (shoe inserts) next week so hopefully that'll balance out my legs and allow me to run with less pain.  Because I am doing this marathon.

Hopefully I can lose another 10-15 pounds training for this.  That would help greatly in other areas of my life.

Off to go for a short painful run around the neighborhood with my roommate now.

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half marathon!

Mar. 23, 2009 | 09:33 pm
feeling: excited excited
posted by: nofxhoar

Let me just say I loved my half marathon!  It was so fun.

I want to do another.

Oh and I also want to run a full marathon.  Need to decide: September, October or November.  Perhaps a full marathon in September and a half in November.

Got to keep loose and stretch and stay healthy and run run run!

I ran the entire 13.1 miles in Virginia Beach yesterday, and finished with a time of 2:12:43.  My goal was 2:15 so I am very proud of my accomplishment.  Only imagine what I could do with the proper training!

Once my post-race jubilation wears off, I may regret my enthusiasm for further distance races... I'm not registering for anything yet, but keeping confident and resting my legs a bit to get back into training mode.

Go me!! 

p.s. I chose this icon because finishers get medals.  My first medal!

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feast or famine

Mar. 16, 2009 | 11:01 pm
feeling: sleepy sleepy
hearing: country
posted by: nofxhoar

I hurt my leg (IT band for those "in the know") and for about 6 weeks wasn't able to run more than 1.5 miles without severe sharp pains in my knee which forced me to stop.  I finally went to the sports med doctor last Monday and he told me about the IT band and how to stretch and strengthen it.  Yesterday I was able to run 4 miles with little-to-no pain.  It was awesome!  However my cardio has really gotten poor, so the 4 miles wore me out. 

My half marathon is this weekend and I am still participating, though I will not be able to run the whole way.  Unfortunately this means that I won't make my goal time as outlined in my new years resolution, and thus will have to run another half later in the year (Outer Banks in November perhaps).  Hopefully with my leg problems under control I'll be able to get back in shape.  I may also buy a bike and do a triathlon. 

Speaking of my resolutions, I'm doing quite well.  Surprisingly so, considering it is mid-March!  Guess I didn't set the bar high enough.

I'm getting drowsy now...

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Jan. 18, 2009 | 09:43 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

Bullet points of my recent life.
  • I will be running the Shamrock half marathon in Virginia Beach on March 22. I am doing decently on my training; ran 8 miles today at Salem Lake. It was interesting to see the freeze patterns in the water.
  • Looking back at my training log, my first step in this new running phase, was 1.7 miles on March 1, 2008.  I've come a long way since then!  I was planning on the 5K being the longest distance I'd run, and the thought of participating in a race seemed far-fetched as it was.  Then I ran four 5Ks and a 10K in 2008.  Oh and I also lost approximately 15 pounds.  I'm happy and proud of myself on all counts!
  • I have lost 1.5 toenails to the running.  Apparently this is relatively common for runners.  2 of my super fitness frenzy friends applauded me when I mentioned it, because it means I'm working hard!
  • After enjoying kickball so much last summer, I have joined a dodgeball league in town.  It's a lot of fun so far.  Makes me want to watch Dodgeball the movie!  I'm meeting some new people through it as well, which is key.
  • Wake Forest is the last undefeated men's basketball team in the country and should be #1 in the national polls tomorrow.  This has been a very exciting season thus far.  I've been trying to avoid high expectations and getting too excited about the team, but it's getting hard not to.  Now I don't expect to be #1 for the rest of the season by any stretch of the imagination, but this team is good.  And SO fun to watch.  Go Deacs!!
  • On December 20 (well, early morning the 21st truly), the first day I was home in Maryland for a whole week for Christmas (don't know how I swung getting all those days off!), a deer ran right into my car.  BAM.  My worst driving fear realized.  Well actually there are 2 equal fears, but one of them I'd see coming (emergency vehicle speeding down wrong side of road to avoid traffic and hitting me head-on) and one I would not (deer), so the deer is sort of number one.  I was okay, the deer was not killed immediately so she may have been okay, but my car was worse for it.  Main damage was losing the driver's side view mirror and a large dent above the front left tire.  Had to leave my car in the shop for like three weeks while I took a rental back to NC with me after the holidays.  Then I had to drive back to Maryland to pick it up, and it's still not entirely fixed.  So I need to find someone in Winston to repair the glass in the window for me.  It rattles something wicked.
  • I've been watching "How I Met Your Mother" in the current season with Rebeka, and have now decided to watch from the beginning.  Thank you random Chinese video website for allowing this!  I have watched the first 18 episodes of season 1.  It is sort of sad I have the time for this undertaking.

I'm being cautious with 2009 Resolutions.
1. Run a half-marathon
       (1a. run the half marathon in under 2 hours, 15 minutes.  If not at the Shamrock, run another.)
2. Go on 2 first dates
       (2a. unless one of the dates results in a situation where I don't need a second date)
3. Go on one promising job interview
       (got to keep options open in a tough economy)


I can't think of anything else too exciting that happened since my last entry a few months ago.  I'm still reading the friends page often!

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Vote.

Oct. 27, 2008 | 08:30 pm
posted by: nofxhoar

North Carolina allows early voting. I stood in line for almost 2 hours tonight but darn it I voted!

I hope that everyone who can will get out and vote, however they need to.

Vote!


Oh and I guess I never mentioned that Iceland was beautiful, so different than any place I've ever been, very cold, and the economy collapsed the day I left. But it was amazing.

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New Shoes

Sep. 21, 2008 | 03:24 pm
feeling: cheerful cheerful
posted by: nofxhoar

Well, new shoes soon. Not sure if they'll arrive before I leave for Iceland but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be bringing brand new shoes on my trip anyway. I just bought these for myself as a birthday present! Yay me!




I also need to look at my running shoes again. I spent almost $200 a couple months ago on my new running shoes and fancy insoles for better support, but now my feet are hurting a lot after I run. I had a 10K race yesterday morning and the pain afterward was just awful. I did ice my foot for a couple hours in the afternoon though and it has helped a lot. I should probably go put some more ice on now actually. The 10K went well though, it was my first race at that distance and I ran it in 59:13, under my goal time of 1 hour. It's about 6.2 miles so that is a good pace for me. And being below the big round number of an hour is nice as well.

After I look into my foot pain and try to solve that, I may register for a half marathon. Ah!

Oh and I went to a Silpada jewelry party this morning and bought myself a pretty necklace and earrings. I'm definitely spoiling myself for my birthday week.

We leave for Iceland in 8 days, HOORAY!

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