How is it November already? It really snuck up on me this year. October was pretty much a blur, and then Halloween was over in the blink of an eye. Needless to say, I will not even be attempting NaBloPoMo in 2018. I completely forgot about my annual 30-day webpage update challenge until yesterday, honestly, and by then it was already the second day of November. Far too late to post anything legitimate for the 1st. So the pressure to flood the internet with any and all of my innermost thoughts for a month is off the table this year. That’s a relief! There are far too many other, more significant things to worry about. 2018 has been quite a mess so far and I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. Mostly my health because my body is trying to drive me insane. Luckily it doesn’t seem to be killing me with cancer or some other degenerative disease (at least not that I’m aware of), but I’m still having a rough time. I’m simply not sleeping properly and it’s negatively affecting every facet of my life. In an effort to fix that, I have a second sleep study scheduled for next week so hopefully at least some answers will be forthcoming. At an appointment last week my neurologist said that he didn’t want to just throw more medications at the problem until he has more data. He wants the sleep study to check for “everything,” whatever that means. I’m sure that the bottom line is that I will have another thoroughly miserable experience, but I’ll happily endure it if that means getting one step closer to normality. Not only have I not gotten a good night’s sleep in maybe years, but there have been more tangible losses as well. I’ve missed out on more things than I can count. For example, on Tuesday when I woke up in the early hours of the afternoon I panicked. I had missed yet another day of work due to my unknown medical issues and, in addition, I was literally sleeping away the precious hours before a couple of rapidly approaching events. First of all, Halloween was less than 24 hours away and I had done very little to prepare for the annual chili cook-off at work. It’s one of my favorite days of the year and I hadn’t even made my own chili yet. But that was minor in comparison to what was coming next. I was supposed to fly to Orlando on Thursday for the Wine & Dine half marathon weekend, but how could I possibly justify that? I’ve missed way too much work already, my sleep pattern has been erratic at best, and my life in general has just been too chaotic recently. I couldn’t perceive any scenario where going on vacation, even to Walt Disney World, was a good idea right now. So I made the hard decision to cancel the trip I’d been looking forward to all year. I’m disappointed to not be there this weekend enjoying myself, but I’m actually feeling much more relaxed here at home where I can rest and catch up on what I’ve been missing. Nothing is 2018 has been easy so far, but I’m hopeful that better days are on the horizon.
Through no fault of my own this entry was not published on Tuesday, November 14th as planned. WordPress crashed as I was writing this very short and uninspiring post late last night and I was unwilling to stay up and to wait until it was working again. (Have I mentioned how much I hate WordPress? I’ve had so many problems with it. But that’s a story for another day.) So I wrapped up the last few sentences of this brief post on Wednesday and backdated it to November 14th. I guess this is technically a NaBloPoMo fail, but that’s OK. Let’s just hope that WordPress cooperates for the rest of the month!
When I got home from the gym tonight I had no idea what I was going to write about in today’s post. I have a few drafts in work, but I didn’t have the time or energy required to sufficiently prepare them for publication tonight. So instead I went online and looked for the latest NaBloPoMo writing prompts to see if there was one I could use to compose a quick paragraph to satisfy my post-a-day requirement this month. It wasn’t the most impressive plan, but it was better than missing a day. I even considered being supremely lazy and simply sharing a picture, but that’s more of a Wordless Wednesday thing. Unfortunately a Google search didn’t immediately turn up the NaBloPoMo homepage, which used to be hosted on Blogher. So I did a little more digging, and it looks like NaBloPoMo is defunct! I couldn’t find an obvious explanation so I just assume it quietly went away without any fanfare. This was a somewhat sad revelation considering how many Novembers I’ve been attempting to update my webpage every day to satisfy the NaBloPoMo requirement. I think I started back in 2010 and it was a challenge that I was always glad I at least attempted, whether or not I succeeded. And that now the official event is dead I need to figure out what I want to do in the future. Something to think about as I wrap up this month’s posts!
November means that it’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) once again. Luckily, all of my
Whole30(-ish) blogging in October was the perfect segue into NaBloPoMo 2017. I’m already in the habit of updating my webpage every day which is a plus, but November has traditionally been an extremely busy month for me. Case in point, I’m at Walt Disney World right now for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend which means that my normal routine has been thrown out the window. I’m sitting down to write this post in my hotel room before an early bedtime in order to be ready for the Fall Feast 5K at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning. It’s my first of three pre-dawn race mornings. Not the kind of thing most folks would sign up for on their vacations, but we runners are a little bit crazy! This morning I went to the race expo and picked up my race bibs and shirts for the three races. Actually, I slept in and barely rolled out of bed in time to get to the expo when it started. Last night I went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom and I stayed until after the park closed at midnight. Very uncharacteristic for me, but the party was amazing and totally worth the effort it took to get there after my flight landed yesterday. I’ll write a separate post about that later. I spent most of the afternoon at Hollywood Studios visiting a few rides that are no longer at Disneyland, like Tower of Terror and Muppet Vision 3D. So much fun. But now it’s time for me prepare for the 5K early tomorrow morning. I have big plans for the rest of this runcation and I need to be well-rested to fully enjoy it!
Against all odds I finished National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) only missing one day out of thirty. Not bad! I compensated for my misstep by posting the second half of my Thanksgiving wrap-up on December 1st. That’s a fair trade-off, right? I’m going to try my best to keep up the same frequency of posts in December since this is my favorite time of the year (and I’m determined to enjoy it), but don’t know how successful I’ll be. The month has barely started and my calendar is already completely full! Like today when I had about four obligations after I got out of work. I actually left early to pick up my orthotics from the podiatrist so that I could run my scheduled 5 miles this afternoon. Since the Seal Beach Christmas Parade was taking place in the evening I didn’t even attempt to run my usual route around town. Even at 4 PM Main Street was just too busy and crowded. Instead I drove down to Bolsa Chica State Beach and completed my 5 miles there. It was really windy today, but running by the ocean is always lovely. Since I was planning to meet some friends at the Christmas parade I had to get home and quickly shower after my run. Luckily I live one block from the parade route so I could walk out my door just a few minutes before 7 PM. It was a chilly night for the Seal Beach Christmas parade and I got cold sitting there for an hour and a half, but I enjoyed hanging out with my friends. Now I am back in my warm house, but I need to go to bed soon. I’m meeting a friend and her daughter at Disneyland for the Christmas parade tomorrow. Happy holidays everyone!
I didn’t update my webpage yesterday. I was doing so well leading up to Thanksgiving, but things started to unravel as the November holiday celebrations ramped up. The quality of my posts on Thursday and Friday were already questionable (I was hoping I wouldn’t have to resort to a wordless post during NaBloPoMo, but Thanksgiving and Black Friday crumbled my resolve), and then yesterday I had zero time or energy to put anything even second-rate together to keep my NaBloPoMo streak alive. I’m disappointed that I failed in my endeavor, but I sacrificed that success in order to spend time with my family before leaving town. In the end that was more important than my crazy annual writing challenge. And then today I intended to spend a lot of my travel time today composing a longer post about my Thanksgiving vacation, but that didn’t happen. My flight left Tallahassee this morning at 6:12 AM, and that was after getting home around midnight after the UF vs. FSU football game last night. Needless to say, I got very little sleep. (When my alarm went off at 4 AM this morning I was fast asleep and having a ridiculous dream about a made-for-TV Christmas movie that got terrible ratings and ruined the career of the lead actor. I guess I watch too many Hallmark Channel holiday movies.) I spent the entirety of my first flight dozing off and on, but I only felt slightly more rested when I arrived in Dallas. This meant that my brain wasn’t in any fit state to formulate a webpage post during my unfortunate four-hour layover at DFW. (Standby wasn’t an option on the Sunday after Thanksgiving when apparently everyone in the US was trying to get to Los Angeles.) What a waste of perfectly good down time. When I finally got home after my second flight and battling horrific traffic around LAX, I sat down on my comfortable couch, turned on the new episodes of “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix, and I’ve barely moved since then. I’m so tired and jet lagged that writing even this short explanatory post took a Herculean effort. There are only three days left in November, but I’ll do my best to finish up NaBloPoMo on a strong note. But right now I’m going to bed early and hopefully catch up on some sleep before I have to go to work tomorrow!
It’s November 15th which means that I’ve successfully made it halfway through NaBloPoMo! This is leaps and bounds better than I’ve done for several years so I’m pretty happy about it. There’s still a lot I want to write about before the month is over (the presidential election and subsequent fallout, for example), but free time is somewhat scarce these days. Like today when I worked 10 hours, got home just in time to do a few chores, and then ran 4 miles to maintain my marathon training. I’m tired! Now I’m sitting on the couch watching episodes of “The Simpsons” while penning this fairly pathetic blog post so I won’t fail NaBloPoMo after making it this far. In order to wrap things up for tonight I’ll close by sharing a screenshot of my phone proving that the California earthquakes followed me to Arkansas! My parents and I were sitting in our hotel room in Fayetteville, AR on Saturday night when we felt this 5.0 quake from across the border in Oklahoma. I know that the area is no stranger to this kind of shaking, but I couldn’t help but feel partially responsible. Sorry everyone!
It’s November 1st and that means National Blog Posting Month 2016 has begun! My attempts to update my webpage every day in November have been utter failures for the last few years so we’ll see if I can be any more successful this year. It’s not that I don’t have a lot to write about this time of year with race season starting and all of my favorite holiday excitement, but finding time to do so is the real problem. It doesn’t help that I’m on week 9 of my marathon training program right now which includes 24 miles of running, and my weekly mileage is only going to increase as the month progresses. So I have no idea if I’ll actually be able to post something all 30 days in November, but at least I’m going to try.
November 1st also means it’s time to shift focus from Halloween celebrations to Thanksgiving preparations! The last few days of October – including the Rock ‘N’ Roll Los Angeles half marathon, my annual chili cook-off at work, and trick or treating with friends – were busy, but a lot of fun. I’ll write more about those activities in another post (gotta save something for later this week!). But now that we’re into the second to last month of the year it’s time to exchange all of the jack-o-lanterns for turkeys! I actually put up my Halloween decorations on October 2nd, unlike last year when I was negligent with my holiday revelry until early December. Since my Thanksgiving decorations are scarce I may leave my Halloween items out until I unpack all of the yuletide decor. At least the pumpkins. The last three months of the year are my favorite so why not enjoy them as much as possible? Speaking of which, it’s time to go plug in my string of pumpkin lights for a little ambiance on this lovely fall evening!
NaBloPoMo 2015 fail. I’m starting to think that I should pick another month to attempt to update my webpage every day. November always seems to be way too busy for such an arduous endeavor, with Thanksgiving and other holiday preparations taking up so much of my time and energy. And this year I went a little crazy and ran seven races in November. It sounds nuts, but I figured I’d regret it if I didn’t capitalize on the amazing running weather after the scorching and seemingly interminable summer that we had in Los Angeles. The races were great, but they did take up a lot of my free time on the weekends. On top of all that, I went to Orlando earlier this month and travel isn’t exactly conducive to writing. The good news is that I’ve been enjoying the holidays as best I can so far this year. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t spent as much time in front of my laptop lately. Not a bad reason, really, but I hope I can make December more productive!
Less than a week is all that it took for me to be a NaBloPoMo failure this year. Oh well. I was on vacation so I knew it would be a challenge. November seems to be a generally crazy month every year. On Friday I simply posted a picture (although my mom and I look amazing in it!), and on Saturday and Sunday I was far to busy and far too tired to devote precious time to writing anything. I will endeavor to do better for the rest of the month! Right now I’m sitting in the Austin airport waiting for my flight to Long Beach. Although I had a wonderful time at Disney World I am looking forward to getting home this evening. Orlando was unseasonably hot this week, and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon was delayed and then shortened due to inclement weather. It was a bit of a mess! More on that in another post. But we still had fun. Even so, I can’t wait to get back to the fall weather that has finally started in Southern California. I might actually need to use my space heater tonight. After our scorching summer that will be a welcome change. I have so much going on this week. Besides trying to make up a few extra hours at work, I’m meeting friends at Disneyland for dinner tomorrow night, and then the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland will be here a few days afterwards. It might have been a blessing in disguise that the Wine & Dine Half Marathon was shortened because I’ll be running both a 10K and half marathon this weekend at Disneyland. Yikes! Even with all of these activities on my calendar, I still want to write as much as possible so I can document this Disney World vacation before it gets lost in my memories. (This will be New Year’s Resolution #4 in action!) I will probably get started on that during my flight to Long Beach. Free inflight wifi is great!
My blogging has been sparse this month. Sorry about that. My only excuse is that the last three months of the year are my favorite so I have been trying to enjoy October as much as possible before it’s over. But I haven’t really succeeded because I’ve been working a lot too. That doesn’t exactly lend itself to having fun. These last 31 days have been incredibly busy! I mostly blame myself for that. I signed up for an insane number of races this month (as well as in November and December, but that’s a story for another time) because I wanted to run as much as possible as soon as the seemingly endless summer was over. Granted, “fall” is just barely arriving here in Los Angeles now. The Long Beach half marathon on October 11th was miserably hot. I’ll write another post about that later. For a couple of reasons (but mostly laziness) I’ve been saving a lot of the topics I want to blog about for November so I can attempt National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). It’s not going to be easy, but I will try to update my webpage every day in November. Last year was a miserable failure so we’ll see if I can redeem myself in 2015. Until then I’m going to do my best to enjoy what’s left of October. Happy Halloween everyone!