Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Updates again and what the hell was (am) I thinking?

First, i want to knock out a couple updates.

1. my stepmom is still going through her chemo. she has 2 treatments left and then 25 radiation treatments. I really hope the radiation treatments treat her better. The meds she has to take after her chemo has really made her miserable for the past 6 weeks or so. She feels really tired and has constant flu like symptoms making her not even leaving the house for much. We haven't been able to see her due to our illnesses so hopefully things will turn around soon. My dad seems to be holding up pretty good but i can tell in his voice that there are times that he is concerned for her.

2. Jeanne's dilemma - what to say here...same situation. She is strongly considering going back into teaching full time and puting the PhD on hold for a little while. I hope she can figure it out soon for her sake.

3. working out - Jeanne and I joined a new gym that is really nice and it seems to have finally got me off my fat ass. I have been working out 5 days per week for the past 3 weeks and started a new diet today that seems to be a diet i could keep with for life rather than just a 6 week or 12 week thing. The working out feels great so far so i hope the diet works out to be sustainable and i lose a lot of weight before my 20th class reunion in July. I signed up to do a triathlon in June but not sure yet whether i will make that. The new gym doesn't have a pool so i am not sure i will be able to train for the swim. We'll see..

Now onto the What the Hell was (am) I Thinking???

1. My 20th high school class reunion - well i plan events for a living so it seemed to me that since i was VP of my senior class and no one else is stepping up to plan the event that naturally I should plan it. I can plan events with the best of people BUT what i didn't plan on was how hard it was going to be to track down everyone from my class (and we ONLY HAD 63 PEOPLE). Between people moving away and girls losing their maiden name, it has been hard. Not too mention it seems that most of my classmates don't talk to each other still so the ones that I can get in touch with aren't able to help me with any new numbers. so now i am asking myself, what the hell was I thinking in volunteering to plan this thing???

2. Marathon - a couple guys i have dinner with every Wednesday night have talked me into running a marathon in Las Vegas in December. I have tried to train for a couple 1/2 marathons that take place in the Spring and never make it because i just can't get motivated to train on treadmills all winter long. With the spring, summer and fall ahead I think i can actually plan on giving this the old college try. I will be able to run outside more and Vegas is very flat. There is a 6 hour time limit so my goal is 5:58 at this point. Again I ask myself what the hell am I thinking so keep checking back here to follow my progress once my "official" training starts. I want to lost about 20-30 pounds before I start the official training so it may be a little while.

3. Moving again - We just arrived here in Champaign in August 2007 and already we are discussing moving again. This time for the long haul. We have always talked about moving back to Tennessee and that is still an option. We are going to a teacher fair in Murfreesboro TN in April to test the waters. HOWEVER, we are also seriously considering moving back to my hometown area of Varna or Lacon IL if Jeanne could get a job there. Some of the houses for sale are extremely inexpensive allowing us the affordability that if my clientele ever left my company, I should be able to find some other career that could still pay the bills. There are many days that I really miss living in a small town and I know that my kids would love growing up there just as I did. So am I crazy?? What the hell am I thinking???

I just have to put my faith in God that he will lead us in the direction that he has planned for us and then follow his lead. Until next time....keep on keepin on