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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. planning)

quick takes

— 1 —

I have big goals (again) for this blog.
I even wrote a post calendar… for the rest of the year.
Right now my goal is small (didn’t I just say big?). I have FOR SURE one post a week.

— 2 —

I have a lot of “learn something” posts planned and document reviews.
But I also want to add in some personal things like… tomorrow’s post about five strategies I use to focus during prayer.
I know those are helpful when I read posts like that from others.

— 3 —

I started running again on Aug. 1.
I’m not following a training plan now, like I was earlier this year when I did Couch to 5K.
I’m just going out, running some, walking some, running some.
I try to hit around 30 minutes.

— 4 —

Next week, though, I think it is. Maybe the week after.
I’m starting a training plan through Run Keeper.
It’s the run for fat loss program. I’ll see how it goes.
It continues the run every other day thing that I’ve been doing the last 16 days.
It should work.

— 5 —

I have a chili and cheesecake weekend planned for this weekend.
I haven’t had much time alone since I moved on Aug. 1, so this will be my catch up time.
I’m going to start chili cooking early in the morning. Then I’m going to make a cheesecake.

Then I’m going to have a run.
But mostly eat chili and cheesecake intermittently throughout the day while watching romantic comedies.

— 6 —

And also finishing unpacking.
It’s a working/cheesecake weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

— 7 —

The garden is still growing great.
I got four tomatoes and two cucumbers at once this past week.
And one string bean… what?

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Where have you been?)

quick takes

— 1 —

Where have I been?
Oh right…
writing, reading, book club, baking, finding a new apartment (not finding a new apartment yet), running, finishing C25K, running a 5K, training for a 4-mile run in August, watching, growing, planting, weeding, on the lake… it’s been busy.

I’ve been doing summer like I’ve always wanted to do summer. I’m the tannest I’ve been since I was a kid because I’m spending so much time out side – weeding the garden, reading, working.
I like it. I like being outside. I like being in the garden, I like dirt under my nails.

It’s been great so far.
I have also been trying to get back into writing some fiction.
I was going to submit to a competition last month… and I didn’t. I just couldn’t get around to doing a final edit after I had my boss read it.

I’ve been busy in the good sense of the word.

— 2 —

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here, but I’ve started a tumblr blog for all my fitness/running/health stuff.
I am by no means a super-fit or healthy person. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love peanut butter M&Ms. It happens.
If you’re into twitter and not so important ramble, check me out at jaderuns.tumblr.com. Or don’t. I’ll be OK.
Mostly it’s just to keep me accountable.
I want to make sure I’m running and doing the things I want to do.

— 3 —

I’m moving at the end of the month… still haven’t found a place, but I’m set on leaving where I’m currently at.
This will keep me away from the blog for a while yet still.
I just don’t consider this my priority.
After the move, my budget priorities are a new bed then a new computer… but I might have to suck it up and get a (new used) car first.
so a computer may be way in the future.
I just don’t have a lot of time to write blog posts at work.

And really, I just want to write and research for my posts at home with good coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚
Pajamas not vital but good.

— 4 —

In other news Pope John Paul II is becoming (is?) a saint! wooooohooo! too awesome.

— 5 —

maybe this is important, I have been at my current news writing job for a year and three days today (Friday).

— 6 —

This is less important, I am going to buy a swimsuit and go swimming in my lake soon.
This month. There. I said it, I’m accountable for that. It should happen.

— 7 —

Here’s a photo.

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To be honest, I edited this photo… there was a guy on a jetski in the middle.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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I just realized it’s a month to the day since I last posted. My apologies!

Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. anniversaries)

— 1 —

Tomorrow, June 8, is the anniversary of my first time visiting the city I work in now.
It was my first interview at the paper.
I was so nervous. Terrified, really. Of saying something stupid, of ruining my chances.
At that time, I had had two interviews with a free paper closer to where I was living. I had said the complete wrong thing in one of the interviews.
I was doing to make sure I didn’t do the same thing here.
I was an absolute wreck, though.

But then I got through the interview, and my boss gave me a tour and introduced me to everyone and told me that it “went really well.”
Well, if he thought so, then so did I.

— 2 —

I like to celebrate anniversaries like that because it shows such a change in my life. A year ago, I was working two part time jobs and applying for call center jobs with no benefits.
Now, I love my job, I love where I work, I love my coworkers.
I haven’t shopped at a Sears since, though I have at Goodwill. (I worked at both last summer.)
Without remembering that it was a year ago, I wouldn’t think about all the good changes that have happened in my life.

— 3 —

I didn’t start work here at the paper until July, and I plan to celebrate that day, too.
Not as some sort of gloat, but that I did what I thought I couldn’t do.

I write for a newspaper.
This is what I set out to do when I went to college, and now I’m doing it.
Not many people can say that and be happy about it.
I can say both.

— 4 —

I recently reconnected with an old friend on his birthday.
I hadn’t spoken to him since 2011, but I just felt the urge to email him on that day.
It’s funny the days that we remember.

His birthday, meeting my boyfriend, signing my release papers from the Army.

Those are all days that I remember because they’re important in my life.
I remember my boyfriend’s birthday, my mom’s, my brother’s, mine!

— 5 —

I remember when my dog died, too. Which, after a year and a half, still tears me up inside.
I’m crying and I’m not even writing about how much he meant to me when I was younger and how much him being by my side got me through bullying, being overweight, abuse, everything.

Oh, Tiger.

— 6 —

This July will be six years in the Army for me.
This July will be five years with my boyfriend.
This July will be one year at the paper.

— 7 —

As I think about my relationship with my boyfriend, about it possibly ending at five years, I wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t had him through everything the last five years.

I know it wouldn’t have been as good.
Having him in my life has blessed me so much. He’s the calm to my storm. The anchor to my waves.
I know that I need to move forward in the relationship, and I hope it happens soon.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. quotes)

— 1 —

I should clarify that it’s my favorite non-biblical quotes. Most of them are about writing and are hung up at my desk.

“I’d rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.”
-Jack Smith

— 2 —

“Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world.”
-Anso Coetzer

— 3 —

“There is nothing more important than the words you are writing now.”

— 4 —

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.”
-Jules Renard

— 5 —

“Writing and travel are the best things, the only things that always work, that always make me feel connected and whole.”
-George Crane, Beyond the House of the False Lama

My boss, who is both general manager AND editor in chief at my paper called himself a reporter Wednesday.
It hit me. He’s still a reporter. He may have to deal with budgets and cost analysis and decision making, but he’s still a reporter.
That never leaves.
I hope I still feel that way when I’m older.

— 6 —

“An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.”
-Montesquieu

— 7 —

“The world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because the reject its pleasures.”
-St. Justin Martyr

That one is actually in my Catholic Daily Planner this week, and I love it. It may go up on the wall at my desk.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Memorial Day)

— 1 —

I feel least patriotic on military honor days.
I’m go grateful, so happy, so glad, so everything… but so is everyone else.

And it’s easy to wave a flag and say I support the troops when everyone is doing it.

I have to take photos of a few parades on Monday for my job. Maybe that will get me more in the spirit of things.

I did cry this morning (sobbing past other drivers), when one of my favorite radio shows dedicated a whole hour to have people call in about those veterans that have died.

I heard about a 20-year-old only child who died overseas in an IED explosion. How can that not make you bawl your eyes out for the mother?

— 2 —

When I worked at Old Navy (where I no longer shop because of their corporate stance on life and family issues), we always made a big push to sell our flag tees. You know the ones I mean, with the year and the flag and Old Navy written on it.
These things.

Anyway, I never bought one, but we got them free one year, and I wore it. Then I used it to dry my hair. And I’m pretty sure it went to Goodwill eventually.

— 3 —

Here’s some notes on the flag code if you’re wondering.
It should not be used for advertising purposes, but there isn’t anything about printing it on a tee shirt.

I used to think that was the case. However, the juxtaposition with the logo is suspicious.
But everything in Old Navy says Old Navy. You can’t get away from it.

— 4 —

I’m not super “out-there” with the companies that I boycott… and I don’t boycott all the ones that I think I should.
Life and family issues are most important to me, so I can’t handle the Gap Corporation’s philosophy (Gap owns Old Navy and Banana Republic).
For example, Nike. They don’t have the best track record on a lot of issues.
But I like their shoes, and I like their running shorts.
But I don’t buy other things from them that I could.

— 5 —

And I still wear those brands if I can find them at Goodwill (or other such second hand places). I haven’t been able to find a better fitting pair of jeans that Gap jeans.

I just find them at Goodwill now instead of at the mall.

— 6 —

I worked at Goodwill after I was laid off… for about three weeks.
I just realized how drastically the prices are cut. And Goodwill makes enough money to pay people $8 an hour! 75 cents more than minimum wage at least then.
Of course, they get stuff for free, so that’s easier that at a regular store.

But after working there I couldn’t handle paying such high prices for clothes.
Now I pretty much exclusively shop the clearance ranks when I go to a regular store (Target, Kohl’s), and I haven’t bought a first-hand pair of jeans in years. Honestly.

— 7 —

I have every intention of searching thrift stores when I get engaged for a wedding gown.
It’ll be much cheaper to have something tailored to fit me than buying off the rack.

I don’t know how this post derailed, but I like the way it turned out.

God bless.

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