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Monday, August 22, 2005
I went for a run last night, and I am happy to report that it was actually quite pleasant. Two miles in the early evening, along the bike trail that runs through our town. The entire trail was shaded, it was cool and not very humid, and "90's Flashback" was on the radio. I've discovered that my running pace is roughly similar to Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" or Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge;" I own neither album, but my very hip ex-roommates from college did and so I know the lyrics by heart. (Actually, I know Sheryl Crow's lyrics from sitting in a bar in Austria with eight other Americans drinking Gösser beer, but that's another story, and I'll have it be known that I don't even like beer and that I lost respect for Sheryl Crow when she started dating Lance Armstrong, and that I lost respect for Lance Armstrong when he ditched his wife and kids.) Anyway, I felt really good during the entire run. Two miles took me 27 minutes to do, and my intervals were two minutes running and one minute walking with a one minute stop at a park bench at the top of a long incline for a rest. Weight after the run: 148lbs. My new shoes are fantastic: for the first time in my life, I can run for more than a few minutes without searing pain in my ankles. The shoes were expensive (to someone who loves to buy cheap shoes at Target), but they were worth every penny.
Today is the opening of classes at the University, and it feels really strange not to be a part of it. I have a fellowship so I don't have to teach -- my only "duty" at the University this entire year is to write my dissertation and look for a job. That is very nice, but the pressure is not. I feel like I should be working on the dissertation ALL THE TIME -- I have no excuses. No lectures to write, no students to keep track of, no exams to grade. Just me and my carrel in the library or my desk at home, (theoretically) typing away or reading. Blah. I sometimes wish I had chosen to write a very quantitative dissertation, a straightforward piece of research using an existing dataset where I could just formulate a theory, run some tests, and interpret the results. (Yes, I know, not all quantitative studies are so straightforward, but I had originally thought of proposing a dissertation that was.) Instead, I opted for a convoluted topic that interests me immensely, but that calls for detailed case study work using the legalese in a foreign language. These blasted case studies are going to take me F O R E V E R to complete. But they're so doggone interesting.
Moving on yet again...
Whoever the blogger is that turned me on to SilverJewelryClub.com -- curses on you! I am now checking that site a million times a day -- it is so cool. I just ordered a mother of pearl ID bracelet and am now obessively watching for a neat mother of pearl necklace to go with it. I need to find out what my ring size is! I'm not a big jewelry person -- I only wear my very simple wedding ring (essentially an anniversary band) and my Mom's old mother's ring -- but I have always loved sterling silver jewelry but never wanted to spend a lot to get it. According to several sources, the jewelry here is great quality and the service is excellent. I will give a full report once my bracelet arrives.
Now off to tidy up the kitchen and then move on to some exciting legal documents in a foreign language. Does life get any better than this?