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Small Stuff #71: The Restorative Power of Plants, Power Tools and Laughter April 7, 2010

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Small stuff that I’m grateful for today: Getting to watch this…

…while I get to do this.

I love my job and I love gas-powered tools! Thanks, Boss!


Small Stuff #62: Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times March 10, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Kevin’s Jambalaya! YUM YUM YUM!!!

Bonus: Dinner with a few old friends and a few new friends.

Small Stuff #30: Officially Unofficial January 31, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Feeling officially unofficially ready for walking the Mardi Gras Half Marathon four weeks from today. Yeah, baby!!!

Small Stuff #23: One last stroll with some old friends January 24, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: 5 miles down the bayou.

Bonus: 5 miles back up the bayou.

And now it has come time to bid adieu to some very good old friends…

and get acquainted with some new friends.

Small Stuff #21: Acceptance January 22, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: accepting that it’s alright to just be where I’m at even when I don’t really want to be there.

Bonus: accepting that it’s alright that no one else needs to understand what that means to me except me.

Small Stuff #16: Sunday Strolls January 17, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: 4 miles down the bayou.

Bonus: 4 miles back up the bayou.

That Is Some Serious BS September 14, 2009

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So a big, huge congratulations to my half marathon hero Bethany Snyder (aka BS)! Yesterday marked her completion of half marathon number 5 with a fantastic time of 3:22:18. Now that’s what I call some serious power walking. And that’s not even a personal record. She once walked a 2:59. I didn’t even know people could walk that fast.

And not only did BS train and compete. She helped train a great group of folks known as Gilda’s Gang from the Gilda’s Club of Rochester, NY. Gilda’s Club is a kind of support group/clubhouse where men, woman, and children can share their hopes and fears, wisdom and information, and learn together about living with cancer. The team raised over $30,000 for this tremendously important organization. Way to go Gilda’s Gang!



So I finished up my second week of training yesterday for the upcoming Mardi Gras Half Marathon on February 28, 2010. On Saturday I was supposed to do a combination of running and walking 5 miles. Now…I’m going to be honest and let you know that that didn’t happen. Yep, I am a big loser. But I have some excuses (yeah, I know, no excuses). But it was totally raining like cats and dogs and I’m too much of a wousse to train in the rain. Yes, I could have gone to a gym to train, but I’m too poor to join a fitness club. And yes, I could have gone over to the Rec Center and done laps around the B-ball court, but it was set up for a wedding reception and I would have needed to do hurdles over chairs and tables. So I figured the best alternative was to kick back, watch a tremendously exciting Michigan-Norte Dame game while stuffing my face with jambalaya and washing it down with a few Bud Light Limes.

After a fitful, guilt-ridden sleep, I decided I would do my 5 miles no matter what on Sunday. So when I got a phone call at 7:30 AM with an offer to go to the Saints-Lions game, what did I do? I know what you’re thinking, but nope, as hard as it was, I turned it down and missed out on my chance to go to the Superdome for $6 sausage poboys, $7 nachos, $8 beers and priceless people watching. Nope, no pain no gain right?

So after the gym returned to it’s normal status from the wedding reception the previous night (yes, I did get to listen to “Play That Funky Music White Boy” and “Down of the Bayou” while trying to sleep in my home on wheels next door), it was time to do some laps. And from my calculations, it was going to take 100 laps to complete my 5 miles .  Ugh…so boring. It really needs to stop raining in southern LA so I can get back to training outside along the picturesque Bayou Petit Caillou.

So I started off walking. Then did a little running. Then a little more walking. And a little more running. And guess what? My knees might just not be up to running the MGM. I think I might need to slow down on the running and focus more on walking instead for a while. I know I joke about feeling old from time to time, but honestly, this is really the first time that I actually do feel old. And no, I don’t like it one bit.

So as I ticked off lap after lap, I decided that if Bethany and Gilda’s Gang could do a half marathon, I could certainly do a half a half in their honor. So after 2:05: 23, the old iTreadmill on my iTouch read 6.55 miles. Yep, I do need to pick up that pace and I pledge to keep working on it, but can I just tell you how wonderful it was to look at my training schedule this morning and see the words “blissful day off” for today?

And if it weren’t raining for 40 days and 40 nights in southern Louisiana, I’d go fishing this morning to celebrate. But alas, I guess I need to find me a pirogue and paddle to work instead.

BS–Did you ever know that you’re my hero? And PS, I hope you don’t mind me ripping those pics off your blog. I just love the smiling pic of you at the Houston Marathon.

Week One…Check! September 6, 2009

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So I got up this morning not particularly excited about lacing up the old sneakers and hitting the pavement. Thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful day yesterday of football, suds, and jambalaya, but couldn’t seem to get to sleep last night and once asleep couldn’t seem to stay that way. The five o’clock alarm this morning was not a welcome sound. And I considered turning it off, rolling over, and trying to get a few more hours of shut eye. Part of my brain was trying to convince me that I could just do my training in the evening. But luckily the other, rational part of my brain knew that, when living in southern Louisiana in early September, I’d better head out before the sun rises unless I really wanted to get heat stroke.

So I dragged myself out of bed, grabbed a much needed cup of coffee to help shake the cobwebs loose, and spent a few minutes catching up with the world via the interwebs. Facebook, check. Email account 1, check. Email account 2, check. CNN.com, check. Weather.com, check. Post Secret Sunday post, check. Bayou Woman…ah, good post my fishing master coastal advocate friend. To my five regulars readers, please add this to your checklist today. BW does a nice job of expressing the frustration that so many residents of south Louisiana feel with the lack of attention and action regarding the staggering amount of coastal land loss that we deal with every single day.

Alright, then it was off to the Houma Courier website for a little local news where I found a story about the first of what is to become an annual tax-free weekend on a variety of hunting gear and accessories. According to Gov. Jindal, the weekend is designed to not only help “boost sales at local sports stores and hunting suppliers, but also encourages more folks to get outside and see why Louisiana is Sportsman’s Paradise.” Now generally speaking, I think this is a pretty cool idea and I can see how it can help stimulate action in the hunting and related industries, of which there are many in Sportsman’s Paradise. But honestly, you know what I’d really like to see? How about a weekend where we double the tax on sporting items and use all the money raised to help save Sportsman’s Paradise from annihilation?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not some huge proponent of raising taxes, but I’d be happy to participate in a weekend like that. Especially if the money was actually used for restoration and protection and not squandered on endless studies. I’m not an economist, but I bet we could probably raise enough money to buy enough marsh plants to vegetate most, if not all, of the current restoration projects in need of planting (cause, well, unfortunately there just aren’t that many of them right now.)

Alright, now it’s time to enjoy the celebratory glass of Barq’s Root Beer that I so enjoy after training (yep, I know it’s weird and probably not real healthy) and sit outside while singing my rendition of Cat Steven’s If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out for anybody in the neighborhood that cares to listen. But you can enjoy this and hopefully help us spread the message for the need to restore and protect Sportsman’s Paradise.

Oh man, just found this gem by my favorite kids at PS 22 and had to add it for your enjoyment. So watch it, go outside, and sing and dance to your heart’s content. You know you want to.

Training: Day 2, 178 Days to MGM September 3, 2009

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Alright, first off, thank you so much to all who have sent me positive encouragement in my quest to train for the Mardi Gras Half Marathon via blog comments, facebook posts, emails, and phone calls! I so appreciate your well wishes and hope you keep them coming.

Day one of training began at 6:00 AM yesterday morning with what I thought was a nice 2 mile trek around the neighborhood. Upon my return to my home on wheels, I was thoroughly proud of myself and believed I had made wonderful time. When I left for the office however, I decided to drive the route I had just walked to make sure I had indeed fulfilled my full 2 miles. And, drat, I was off by a good eight-tenths of a mile. No wonder it went so quickly. Eight-tenths is no chump change when we’re only talking 2 miles.

So I decided I had plenty of time to put in another mile before my co-worker arrived for the start of our work day and hit the pavement once again.

I am now armed with iTreadmill on my iTouch so I can keep detailed track of my training including miles, pace, step count, calories burned, etc. So we shouldn’t have any more miscalculations. And even more important, it’s going to keep me honest by keeping a history of my training. Apparently I can even email this information on demand to anyone who requests it.

So Day 2 of training went off without a hitch with a beautiful, unseasonably cool morning breeze. I made exactly 2 miles and threw in just enough running to bring my overall pace down by about a minute and a half. So just what is my pace? Um, yeah, well, not ready to share that bit of information just yet. I mean, come on, it’s only day 2.

Now, on the smoking end…well, let’s not talk about that quite yet.

On a completely different note, why does the WordPress blog spell check feature not include the word blog in it’s dictionary? Things that make you go hmmmm.

To Run or Not To Run September 1, 2009

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Oh man, why am I doing this post? If I write this post it means that I need to commit to this and I’m not sure if I’m ready. I mean I think I’m ready. I should be ready. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Actually like a whole year. But, geez, now if I tell you what I want to do, it will be out there and I won’t be able to retract it. Well, that’s not entirely true I guess. I could just delete this post at a later date if I change my mind. Although changing my mind isn’t really what it would be about. It would actually be admitting that I don’t have the will power to see this through. And well, I don’t want to be that person. So here goes…

I, Diane Snoopy Huhn, vow to run the Mardi Gras Marathon on February 28, 2010! (Please note that I have yet to decide whether it will be the full- or half-marathon. That will be determined at a later date. Let’s see how the first few weeks of training go before I go completely insane and commit myself to 26.2 miles.)

There. I did it. Oh man…am I up to the challenge? Yes, yes, alright, I know I need to do this. I really want to quit smoking and I think this is the motivation I need to make that a reality.

BS–You with me? (And for my other 4 regular readers, BS is someones initials. Someone that I admire a great deal and someone that I’m hoping can make sure I live up to this commitment.)

Alright, so if this post suddenly disappears…I will deny everything!

Yep, I’m going to hit the “Publish” button right………………………………now!