A Hairy Situation On The Horizon

HairChange is a coming, not sure what it is, but I know it’s coming. I can feel it. How do I know? I’m getting the insistent urge to chop off my hair.

Last night I was getting ready to go to sleep. I pulled my hair back and all the layers fell forward. At first I thought, “What a rock star, can’t even tie my hair back.” Then I wondered if it was meant to happen because I liked it. Boom, just like that, I wanted short (for me) hair again.

I’m thinking by next month, if it hasn’t happened sooner, I’ll be chopping it. Well, 85% of me wants to chop it. There is that nagging 15% that is protesting, but there will always be that.

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.― CoCo Chanel

Until next time
~ Q

Walking the Talk

My mouth get’s me in trouble a lot. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “My mouth wrote a check that my body can’t cash”. There are several derivations to this (you’ve talked the talk but can you walk the walk?). Well all this happened to me last Wednesday. I was at supper with my friends when one of them asked me if I wanted to do the Gladiator Assault Challenge with him and his team this coming May. Before I could stop myself I heard myself saying yes. When I got home I decided to look up the event to see what I had agreed to. In my head it was a 5k with a few obstacles thrown in for fun. Oh no, it’s a 5-7 mile run with around 30 obstacles. Yeah….

Skip to Friday, exactly 4 months before the race, I decide to change up my newly started (at the beginning of the year) workout plan from using the elliptical to the treadmill. I really don’t like to run. I especially don’t like to run in front of other people. When I ran last summer I did it at 5:30 in the morning on a gravel road so there would be no witnesses. I do not have that luxury this year. (Needless to say I don’t run outside when it’s cold. Getting me to run is difficult enough, I’m not going to do it when it’s so miserable out.) So back to the old ‘Couch to 5k’ plan. Obviously I’ll need to be able to go further than a 5k, but the plan takes 9 weeks and it’s about 17 to the race. I think it will work out just fine. I’m going to be keeping tabs of how far I run (so far it’s 8 miles in 3 workouts) because I’m guessing it’s going to be a ridiculous amount. Well, ridiculous for me.

The good thing about ‘training’ is that I’ve started lifting too. My upper-body strength is very disproportionate to my leg strength. (I wont even start on my abdomen strength, that’s next on the list.) I’m pretty sure my body was not meant for running and I’m a bit uncoordinated to boot. Hopefully over the next four months that will change but change or not I’m committed to seeing this through. I’m oddly excited to face the challenge. Weird, for me, I was never the athlete, perhaps that’s why I’m excited. A new challenge.

Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.

Until next time
~ Q

2 am, we’ve got to stop meeting like this

I can’t put a finger on when I started having sleepless nights. But it’s been going on long enough that I accept it as a fact of my existence. Did I wake up this much as a child? Or is this something that only started happening when I became an adult? To compound the problem my memory is especially sieve like anyway so I can pinpoint any answers. However I think it’s a problem that has come on, the more I have to think about, the more I wake up. Groundbreaking, right? Usually I just toss and turn until sleep takes me, but tonight was different.

I’m an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.― P. Wentz

This month I became the chair of Story City’s promotion board. We meet once a month and as homework I gave my committee the task of brainstorming new ideas for events we could have in the town. Good news team, your leader isn’t slacking on the job. However, that is why tonight is different. I had an idea, completely half-baked, but what else can you expect from an idea born around one o’clock in the morning? So to ensure I didn’t lose the slight threads of an idea I booted up the laptop, which I had actually brought to my room with me, which actually never happens, and typed up the tendrils of ideas.

What was the idea? I blame the home life on this one. My parents, over the past decade or so, have hosted 8 murder mysteries. (Let’s say 8, I actually have no idea, but they were doing them yearly for a long time – sieve like memory, remember?) I’ve been discussing trying to do this with some of my new friends, continuing the tradition as it were. So what does this have to do with my idea? Murder in the Mainstreet District: A progressive dinner.

Now, already the idea keeps expanding, ebbing and flowing to have different aspects. But what if we could get a murder mystery and enough people that they could act out 5-10 minute scenes in various businesses. Perhaps have them timed that people could go to scenes 1-3 in any order from 5:30-6 and get appetizers while they are there, from 6-6:30 see scenes 4-6 with salads or something – another course, 6:30-7 scenes 7-9 with an entree and then 7-7:30 see the finale After the Thin Manat the local theater. (Here is where the extension of the idea comes from). What if after the finale people went into the courtyard for dessert while the necessary adjustments were made inside and then people, if they wanted, could stay at the theater for an old time who-dunnit movie like one of The Thin Man movies or To Catch A Thief. I guess the evening could get a little long in that perspective, but that would be optional.

I’m not entirely sure if this idea is feasible at all, but at least I have something to pitch to my committee. I have a sneaky suspicion the reason I was struck with thinking about committee stuff on this particular evening was that I have a board meeting (which now that I am chair of my committee I am also on the board for the Chamber) tomorrow morning. Or more specifically in about 5 hours. That’s a bit sad, I guess I should try to get some more sleep, or more brainstorming done. As I look up I can just see the moon now, it’s late indeed.

Until next time
~ Q