Once again, I ask the question...where the hell did the last month and a half go?!?! Every time I think to sit down and catch up on the blog, the day gets away from me.
So here goes:
Sold Mom's house, and spent most of October sorting, packing, tossing and storing 45 years worth of stuff. Held it together right up until I got the call that the keys had officially changed hands. Then I lost it. Lots of memories made at that address.
Went to Chicago for the marathon. Mixed emotions about this trip, as while I started, I did not finish. By mile 11 I realized that I did not have another 15 miles in me, and walked over to the medic and handed him my bib. Swallowed my pride (and several tears) and got back to Grant Park to cheer for my friends that did indeed finish...some with wicked impressive times, such as Brian (2:35), Brett (2:48), Garrath (3:24) and Heather (4:24). Came to the realization (and acceptance) that my distance running days are long behind me. Okay...so may with reluctant acceptance. It's a good thing I love CrossFit even more than I love running. However, Chicago is AWESOMESAUCE!!!! Rode a Segway for the first time (OMG, I want one soooooo bad!), stepped out into nothing at Willis Tower, enjoyed a fabulous, albeit wet, canal tour, ate our way through Old Chicago on a food tour, found the Bean and the face wall. Loved this place...I'll return for sure.
Did return to CrossFit, but it's been sporadic at best as I wait for Mr. Ankle (yes, my body parts are referred to as separate entities...) to decide to play again. Actually managed some skipping the other night, and my squats are doing really well...nice and deep. Mr. Ankle seems to be okay with all this action, and I've even run small distances. However, Miss Elbow (bursitis) has been swollen for over a month, my left shoulder is achy ("just" tendons) and now Ms. Right Wrist is swelling and seizing up as we speak. Frack. Did have my physical at the end of the month, and just had the blood work done on the weekend, to try and find a point of time without swelling (for the Rheumatoid test). I meet with the Doc to discuss the results next Wednesday. Meanwhile Dr. Dave (osteopath) is thrilled that I'm putting his children through college...heck, at this rate, Ivy League!!
Did run Winterstart in Banff, through all the ice, snow and bear. Yes, bear. A last minute change to the route (said bear was enjoying his lunch right in the middle of our race route, and it was felt that he may not appreciate a bunch of spandex-clad and glow-lit-up humans trodding past him) resulted in the race being shorter (4.15 miles vs. 5) but way hillier!! I mean HILLY! If I had my choice, I would have stuck with the bear...only have to run faster than 1 other person!!! Still had a lovely time in Banff, as I always do. One day, that will be my home. This I say out loud. It truly is my favourite place on the planet.
As a result of the home sale, and a very kind Mama, I am now debt free for the first time in my adult life. And home shopping. So much for debt free, but this kind of debt I welcome. Armed with a pre-approval and a very kind Realtor, we set off to see some century homes on the weekend. Some were in all right shape, but thanks to the renters, would need far too much in the way of upgrades. And some we didn't even get past the entry-way...in "HELL NO" and right back out again!!! One place did sit well with me...so much so that I can't stop thinking about it. Made an offer, which was immediately rejected (sniff) but I am being patient and relying on my Realtor to break the ice and open some dialogue. I expected a counter offer, not an outright NO. That hurt a little. So, I am employing the power of the Secret. I have photos, screen shots, etc of "MY" house EVERYWHERE. Work, phone, iPad, home... I repeat often that I am so happy that I was able to buy my dream house in Ramsay...stuff like that. It is a perfect house for me and the furbabies...let's make this happen!
While it doesn't officially start till the middle of December, I am changing jobs here at Shaw. After 13.5 years of doing the same thing, I am quite bored and ready for change/challenge. So I'll be moving out of finance (by the way, the only thing I know...banking and accounting) for the Technical Operations team. Title is Coordinator, but other than some basic analysis, I have no idea what I'll be doing all day, and I'm quite all right with that. Can't wait to learn new things and view this company from a different perspective. Scary but good. Wow...new job, new house and new attitude for 2014. The proper way to end a year.
Yay for fitness,
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