Running Update and more

Okay…so these weekly running updates have turned into more of a monthly type thing.  That’s due, in no small part, to my own lack of doing them.  Actually, it’s totally due to my lack because I’m the person responsible for this type of thing.  Anyway, today…I have a running update:

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So, as you are completely unable to see from the map, unless you squint, I have just passed both the 400-mile mark and Fort Leonard Wood.  This is a huge milestone in my goal to reach Pittsburg, Kansas by June 3.  This leaves me with less than 200 miles to go…although, some quick math shows me that I have to average a little more than 3 1/2 miles per day from now until then.  I don’t run nearly that consistently, so I’m gonna have to start putting up some bigger numbers.  I’m going to try walking at lunch to cut out a big chunk of that mileage and weekends are going to have to eat up some of the lower weekday counts.  I still believe, however, that it’s a totally manageable goal.

In other news, I finished the Papa John’s 10-miler with a new personal record — 1:51:27 — on Saturday.  The KDF mini-marathon comes up in just over a week on April 25 and I’d like to set a new record for that race as well.  My previous best is 2:32:23…so we’ll see if I can’t beat the 2 1/2 hour mark.

As well, the bathroom is basically complete.  There is one minor repair to be made around the drain for the bathtub, but I trust that it is well in hand.  Also, as of yesterday afternoon, all but the decorating was complete in the baby’s room.  There will be a new window installed, but I don’t have anything to do with that, other than ordering it.  

To that end…I simply can not thank my parents and godmother enough for all the time and energy and money they’ve put into helping us out with the baby’s room.  They’ve worked tirelessly on days when they could’ve been doing something much more entertaining.  Hopefully, pictures will be available soon and you can see how much hard work they’ve been doing.  This isn’t to say that I haven’t helped, but they’ve done the bulk of the work.  

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Now featuring…

Good morning!  Now, I know I’ve been lax lately with the postings, but it’s been pretty hectic around here what with the culmination of the bathroom project, the origination of the baby room project, and the end of the semester “cram-it-all-in-before-the-money-runs-out” craziness.  And, that doesn’t even cover the impossibility of Holy Week where I’m at church 60% of the time.  Oh…and I ran a 10-mile road race in there just for good measure.  Yeah, that’s right…what did you do?

Anyway…since my career path is more of a stagnant pond than a rushing river and my wallet hasn’t seen actual cash since the Clinton administration, I thought I’d rejoice in a little good feeling stuff that’s happened lately.  My flickr account has been bubbling over with people using my photos for various projects.  Everything that I post there is licensed through Creative Commons.  With this license, folks are allowed to use my photos for anything and everything provided they credit me as the photographer, which is pretty cool.  So, since they’re kind enough to use my photos, I thought I’d help them out with a little credit myself.

  1. Back in November, someone contacted me about using a photo of mine for a book they were editing.  Naturally, I had no problem with this and asked them if they could send mea copy of the book.  Earlier this month, I received in the mail, from Poland, a copy of Can Do 2, which is a book that helps you learn to speak English in lower secondary schools.  My photo, of the entrance to the San Diego Zoo, is featured on page 82.
  2. Just yesterday, I was notified by Destination Guides that they had used a photo of mine as the main photo for their section on Society Hill, in Philadelphia, PA.
  3. A while ago, I was on a tour of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, I was able to get a few nice shots of a very spooky building.  One in particular was of the doors to the solarium where patients of the hospital would be able to get sunshine and fresh air.  Another Flickr user was able to turn the photo into something much more dramatic, called *Fear*.
  4. At Home Plate has used a couple of my photos for articles on the Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  This naturally inspires me to visit more parks and take more photos.
  5. Finally, this photo of Erin Andrews has garnered more than 71,000 views since I took the picture and uploaded it last summer.  I’d say it was inexplicable, except I know the capacity for web denizens to take the most benign photo of any beautiful woman, including this photo that doesn’t even show her face, and turn it into a web phenomenon.

So that’s what’s been going on here.  I’ve updated movies and events pages since I’ve been away, so check those out if you’re interested.  And, if you’d like me to take a photo for you, let me know.  It will be unprofessional, but free!

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Happy Easter

We saw this painting in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. What struck me at first was the immense size of this piece. Those figures are at least twice life size if memory serves me correctly. Secondly, the two very different expressions on their faces is what gives this painting its true genius. John, the younger man on the left, with hands clasped against the cold wind, seems exhausted but maintains a sheer hope in his eyes. The news he has heard was foretold, and he rushes bleary-eyed with his friend Peter to the tomb desperately wanting it to be true. Peter, the older man on the right, expresses wide-eyed disbelief at the possibility of a risen Lord. His right hand even presses against his heart as if to calm himself. Both men appear to be moving quickly, not quite at a run, but with a determined and focused push forward, leaning into the reason for their early morning dash.

I spend a lot of time at church during holy week and I grumble quite a bit about it, as seen in previous posts, but there is something about the glory of Easter that presses against the heart at this time of year. I think part of it is a newness in the world as spring returns to greenify nature; a renewing of life in many aspects.

I wish for all of you a joy in life that is matched by the renewing of faith in these two men as they rushed forward in the twilight of a new day. Whatever your faith, your beliefs, your doubts, today is a new day and brings with it new possibilities.

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