Back to training

So, this morning, after feeling as though I’ve recovered from the flu I went to the doctor for last Thursday, I decided to get back into my C25k training. Part of me had been itching to run for a couple of days now. Heck, I even thought about running on Saturday (thankfully, I didn’t, as my body was definitely not up for the task that day). Once I ate my breakfast this morning and rested up for about 30 minutes, I was off. It was a cool 58 degrees weather-wise, but it felt good. I did my initial five minute warm up walk and then the first running interval came. It wasn’t too bad. Yes, I found my body fighting me a bit at first, but it slowly but surely came through for me.

It wasn’t until the fourth running interval that a struggle arose. Right before, during the two minute walking portion, I caught a strong smell of smoke in the air. This really got to me. My left eye began to tear up and my nose ran. I did my best to wipe my eye and grabbed the tissue I had in my pouch to blow my nose. I was not going to give up. Before I knew it, it was time to run again. And, run I did. I ran and pushed through my teary eye and still running nose. No, it was most definitely not ideal conditions, but I kept telling myself that I was going to finish today’s training. I reminded myself that I was strong, and I could do it. And, I asked God to please help me gain the strength to make it through this workout.

With God’s strength and my own determination not to merely give up, I made it through the last running interval. Still bleary-eyed, I then began the five minute cool down walk. I was proud of myself and thanked God for being there by my side as I ran. You can do anything you put your mind to and with God’s help. All things are possible!

When this baby hits 88 mph…

I LOVE the Back to the Future trilogy. In my mind, Back to the Future is one of the best movies of all time. It is my favorite movie, hands down. I have seen all three, but especially the original, part one more times than I can count on two hands. Each year, I watch the trilogy at least three times, more than likely it’s more times than that. Just popped in the dvd last night as a matter of fact.
There is no one like Michael J. Fox. He was born to play Marty McFly. While Eric Stotlz is an okay actor, the movie wouldn’t have been half of what it is with him in the role if the studio had kept him on as Marty. And, who doesn’t love the Doc? Christopher Lloyd is awesome as the Doc.

February 1st – Group

One-Minute Writer Prompt:
You have an opportunity to switch places for a day with a member of a group that is subject to discrimination, to understand them better. Who will you be, for a day?

A very timely and thought-provoking prompt. February is Black History Month and I’ve enjoyed educating myself about their history since I was about ten years-old. Here is my response to today’s prompt:
I would switch places with an African American. I’ve always had a deep respect for their history and wondered what it would be like to be a black woman living during the racial discrimination. While I know it would be a harsh thing to live through, I think it would aid in deepening the respect I already have for African Americans. My generation only knows that part of our past because of pictures and stories told to us by those that lived through that time. And, that’s not to say that it isn’t hard today at times, because sadly, there still are people out there that discriminate because of skin color or race. It is a horrible thing to do to another and I wish there weren’t people like that out there period. No one should judge someone or discriminate against another person because of their race. Each and every one of us should be seen for the individuals that we are.

Update on THE LINE

I am pleased to say that THE LINE #4 WILL be out in 2010. I don’t have a date, but it will be hitting by the end of the year. And, I am happy to say that Eric Gravel will be the one finishing the penciling duties on the issue! I will be more than likely making some slight changes to the issue as we go along getting it done, as I wrote the original script almost two years ago.
Beyond issue four, I cannot say right yet. This issue is the end of the first arc and I have been wanting to get this issue out there for those who have been loyal readers of the series up till now. I appreciate everyone’s support on the book all these years. It’s not always easy making a self-published title like THE LINE, but it sure has been a great experience.

Flickr favorites: Noir style

I have finally dived completely into displaying my photography work on flickr. While getting my own work up, I have discovered some amazing photo work from other photographers. The range of talent on flickr is great. Here are some of my favorite noir-style pictures that I’ve come across.


by RevellRay/Chuck Revell


by NapalmPhoto


by Mike the B


by Juju’s Baba

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Chasing the dream

Just a quick update on my blog dedicated to my journey back to Asheville. I hadn’t updated it since November of last year, but I just did a quick new blog update. There just hasn’t been much to report. I am thinking of starting to post some other Asheville musings there as well maybe weekly. Not sure this would be of interest though, so I am considering that possibility.
Anyway, please check out that blog if you are interested in my journey back to the Paris of the South.
Chasing the dream blog

TV Show: Bones

For the last couple of years or so, I’ve been meaning to check out the series, Bones. For multiple reasons, that had never come to fruition. That is, until today. I was able to borrow the first season, disc one from my local library on Wednesday. Being home sick since yesterday afternoon, I figured today was a good time to check it out.

The first disc contains the pilot episode along with three others. Just like I fell in love with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation right away, I quickly fell for Bones. The cast is very likable, especially David Boreanez and Emily Deschanel who portray FBI Agent Booth and Dr. “Bones” Brennan respectively. It is easy to see how much the cast enjoys their roles and the characters they play. The chemistry between Booth and Brennan is great. I don’t know if I would say it is as good as say X-Files’ Mulder and Scully, but it is definitely there.

The story lines themselves seem very well-written and researched, which I see as a must for a show like this. You can easily fool some viewers, but if you want to earn real fans and respect, you go all the way. The creators of Bones have done that it seems. Sure, there will be some things changed for the sake of fiction television, but overall I have to say, good job.

I am definitely looking forward to watching the rest of the first season as well as moving on to seasons two and three soon after.

Sick stinks

Last night, I was suddenly hit with horrible nausea and just felt sick. I knew I was coming down with something. I hoped it was just a cold if anything. I went to bed and woke up this morning to do my workout and felt horrid. I was so sick to my stomach and just felt weak, achy and not myself. Knowing that I couldn’t do my workout, I went back to bed for half an hour in an attempt to get some rest.

Ended up deciding to try to go to work after all. I didn’t want to accumulate more points (we have a point system at work for attendance) and use up my personal time. I didn’t last very long at work, About an hour and a half into my shift, I knew I had to go home. I called my doctor so I could be seen, as the nausea was just not getting any better. The aches and what have you were bothersome, but the nausea was something I couldn’t stand.

Saw my doctor who informed that I basically have the flu. So much for work and my C25k training for the remainder of the week. Sucks that even when you are healthy and take care of yourself like I do that you can still get sick. Sick is no fun and I look forward to when I am over this virus.