Monthly Archives: February 2014

Keep on Running

Well the training for the 8k (just over three weeks away) has been going well, despite some terrible weather here over the last month (when it hasn’t been raining torrentially, we’ve been under eight inches of snow) and I’m pleased to say that today I achieved a personal best time of 48 minutes on a practice run.  I think this is largely because I took a completely different route today, as I’ve been fighting boredom and predictability doing the same old same old run (with some small variations) for most of the time.  Considering that when I first started running last summer, my initial time for a 5k was around 48 minutes, I’m really impressed with myself.  What’s more, I’ve calculated that so far in 2014 I have run 116km, which is as far as Colonial Williamsburg.  I’m aiming to run as far as New York (58okm) before we actually go there in November.

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The Doors

Americans LOVE the holidays.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are the real biggies over here, of course, but they don’t like to miss out on celebrating ANYTHING.  (Did you know it’s Administrative Professionals’ Day next month?  There is a worryingly large number of cards on sale here, should you feel the need to express feelings of gratitude to the Administrative Professional in your life.  Personally I always preferred a pay rise, but hey ho.)  Last year, my neighbours celebrated pretty much every possible holiday with some spectacularly unnecessary decorations on their front door.  I’m hoping they will repeat this feat in 2014 so I can illustrate for you the USA’s insatiable love affair with tinsel and flags etc.  They have started well, so here I bring you Valentine’s Day:


More to come throughout the year, I hope.

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