Hello friends! I am joining Amanda at Running with Spoons for her “Thursdays are for…Thinking Out Loud” series. What’s in it for me? A brain dump. What’s in it for you? Total randomness! Enjoy!
The Numbers Game. I’ve been trying very hard to integrate myself into Canadian culture – including converting to kilometres, litres, and degrees Celsius. Kilometres is fairly easy for me, since I ran track and cross-country in high school. I quickly relate everything to 800 metres (0.5M) or 1600 metres (1 Mile) or a 5K (3.1M), 10K (6.2M), etc. The hardest part to get used to is driving and seeing a “100” max speed limit sign! I have to seriously remind myself that’s NOT 100 mph. Gallons vs. Litres – forget it. I just don’t think in litres. I just pay what the pump tells me to pay to fill up. Although…I like knowing that a bottle of water is a solid, round, even 500 mL and not 16.9 oz. Temperature, however, is constantly messing me up!!! It’s not that it’s super hard to convert in your head, it’s just that living 30 years with one model tends to mess with how you process. I keep mixing it up. I’ll spurt out numbers like it’s “10 Degrees”…and my hubby looks at me and says, “Farenheit or Celsius – cause that’s either really cold, or really comfortable!” 10*F equals MINUS 12*C, while 10*C equals 50*F. Quick tip the hubby taught me to convert (approximately) in my head:
C to F: Multiply the temperature by 2 and then add 30 (actual formula is to multiply by 1.8, add 32)
Ex: 22 C is roughly equal to 74 degrees using his method, actual conversion is 71.6
F to C: Now just work the equation backwards, subtract 30 from the temperature, and then divide by 2 (again, actual formula constants are 1.8 and 32)
Do Canadians feel like flustered when they travel to America??? Which also gets me to thinking….why is the US still on a different system?
Marathons. To be honest, I’ve never considered…or even WANTED…to run a marathon (26.2 Miles). But then I saw Amanda’s blog post HERE and Dorothy’s blog post HERE – advertising that Saucony, and 26 marathon “vets” are searching for first-time marathoners…and I had this *itty, bitty, teeny, tiny* thought….that if I still lived in the US, I would probably submit my name as a candidate. Am I crazy?! It’s a good thing I’m not eligible…because I really do LOVE the half marathon distance…and don’t see myself trying to double that in the near future.
Fall Half. I love traveling, and I love running. So I’ve been trying to find an “additional” excuse to travel home this fall to see family…and that is to run a new state for my Half the States challenge. I searched Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland (since I ran West Virginia last year!) from July through September…and I thought I had found a winner. My grandparents recently moved from Valdosta, Georgia to Dayton, Ohio – and it’s been a bit since I’ve seen them – and it’s only 3.5 hours from my hometown – and I stumbled across the Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon held on September 20, 2014 in Dayton, OH. The best part…my grandpa is retired Air Force!!! But less than a week after I discovered this race…I checked the site and the Half is completely sold out! *womp, womp.* Off to search for another race. Any recommendations from my bloggers & readers in that area?! An alternative is that I can travel to Washington, Montana, or North Dakota. Anyone? Race Ideas??
Life Abroad & Keeping in Touch. I was chatting with my unofficial mentor Tuesday morning, and we somehow weaved our conversation towards the following touchy topics: husbands on the rise, international lifestyle, and long-term friendships. I suppose it was a natural topic to come up at some point as we both have husbands in upper management, we both are “dual-career” company couples (meaning both husband & wife work for same company), and we both have international future jobs – meaning that to continue moving up, we will continue to move around! Although she is only 15 years older than me…I felt like the situations and experiences she’d been a part of described me TO A T. Until she mentioned friends. She made a comment something like, “You will begin to realize your true friends are the ones who make an effort to continue the relationship after you have moved on…away from the business unit…out of the country. They are the ones who will continue to email/write/call – come to you for advise – just say hello – send you updates now and again. You will have fun while on assignment…attend many dinners and parties…but of the 100s you meet and hang out with during the 2-3 years, you might come away with 2-3 true friends.” And I’m not 100% sure how I feel about that statement. On the one hand…doesn’t it take an effort on my part, too, to stay in touch with those I’ve left behind? Isn’t that a true statement of life in general…that you have many acquaintances and few friends? On the other hand…and I can count on that one hand…what she said has been true for the four months that I’ve lived in Canada. There are only a handful of people who have continued to write – asked to visit – ask for updates and pictures – or share their days with me. Does that make my experience in my last location any less “real” – or is that just a fact of life? Or is it a personality thing??? Those who are outgoing and crave social awareness might be more apt to continue those relationships? Whereas someone like myself is comfortable with a few “near and dear.” Thoughts? Anyone agree or disagree (from experience) with her statement?
Reading. I’ve been on quite the reading binge over the last few weeks, which is a good thing since I literally didn’t have the time to pick up a book in the previous few months! And although there are lots of books that I *like* and enjoy reading….I’ve found that there are few that I actually love. You know the ones I’m talking about…the ones that stick with you for years, that open your eyes to something new, whose words just have that PULL from the author. I wish there was a site that helped you pick your new book based on ones that you’ve loved before. I was once directed to whatshouldireadnext.com – but it didn’t quite hit the mark. A lot of sites try to “recommend” what you might like based on what you’ve read…Amazon, Goodreads…but I wish there was a magic formula that captured the essence of the words that captivate you. Does that even make sense???
Blog Love. I’ve slowly been working on revamping my blog…and I would LOVE your input!!! Do I go back to my roots and post more daydreams…do I need to sign-up for more races and write reviews…do I need to finally learn how to cook…do I need to detail more about my experience in Canada…should I bring back the more detailed Book Reviews…?!?!?! What topics would you like to see more of?
This video. An amazing message in this short 3-minute video from a Thai insurance company titled “Unsung Hero.” I love it all…the laugh of the vendor cart lady…the old lady’s hug…the shy, yet grateful, school girl…the unrelenting dog…and the phrase “He witnesses happiness.”
What’s on your mind?