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New Season, New Rules

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Confession: I’ve been moping around for the last few weeks feeling terrible about myself for not being able to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon the other day. After my clumsy fall in early May, it took me months to be able to run again. I took more time off from running than I have in probably the last 13 years, and I’m just now starting to work back up to four runs per week — enough to pick up where I left off on the training plan I made before I got hurt.

When I say “moping”, I mean teetering on the edge of slipping into a spiral of depression. For the last few weeks, I’ve hardly wanted to do anything except work, go for an occasional jog, and lay in my bed. I didn’t really know what was wrong with me — only that I was sad and feeling like a complete failure at life. I thought maybe I was just extra upset that summer was ending or burned out from working so much lately.

When I woke up yesterday morning with the Epic Half Marathon Fail of 2017 behind me, I felt like a completely different person. While I was doing some yoga, it occurred to me that I felt sort of…motivated again. I counted the weeks in my head to the Wicked 10K and decided to put together another training plan. Last night, I put that plan into a calendar in my Evernote. I got up early this morning to run for 30 minutes before work. Barring any weird issues with my knee (it’s still bothering me here and there), I’ll run again on Thursday and be back on track.

Additionally, I need to get my life together after acting like a depressed person for the last few weeks. So I’m setting some rules for September.

Rule #1: No running if my knee hurts. Even though I want to run another half marathon, I don’t want to injure myself in the process. I’m going to set shorter-term goals this time, and not get frustrated if I have to veer off my plan to recover.

Rule #2: No posting the plan on the Internet. That way I’ll feel less like I’m failing if I have to adjust it as I go. 🙂

Rule #3: No shopping. I already added a few new items to my wardrobe for fall, and I don’t need anymore. If I actually go running, I’ll probably lose a few pounds, and if I lose a few pounds, there is a whole section of clothes in my closet that will fit me again.

Rule #5: If I have to skip a run, substitute biking or swimming instead. Even if that means buying one of these weird looking swim caps, so my hair doesn’t turn green.

Happy Monday Tuesday. 😉 I hope all your kids had an awesome first day of school!

Daily Survey #3

By art, at the office, being a computer genius, cool things i found on the internet, lists, salesforce One Comment

Goal: Blog more.

Strategy: Daily survey.


Coffees consumed: 2.5

Gluten-filled items consumed: 0

Dumbest thing I did today: Dropped my phone and shattered the shit out of it. Again.

Interesting thing I found on the internet: Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting. I avoid this at all costs, but I still do it sometimes.

Interesting thing I found not on the internet: Flowerbox = delicious cocktail.

Scariest thing I did today: Gave someone advice about their future.

Something I learned today: Taking the blame is a good thing.

Did anyone ask when I was going to have kids, get married or move in w/boyfriend today? No!

Assembly + Enlight of the day:


Something I accomplished: Team began deploying change sets into production for 18-month-old quoting in Salesforce project.

Song of the day: I’ve Set Sail, Toh Kay

So, yeah.

Daily Survey #2

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Goal: Blog more.

Strategy: Daily survey.


Coffees consumed: 2

Gluten-filled items consumed: 0

Dumbest thing I did today: Talked too little at lunch. Talked too much at dinner. #sociallyawkward

Interesting thing I found on the internet: Elizabeth Holmes Discusses Theranos at WSJDLive 2015. Someone asked me if I thought she avoided answering the questions or if she was being really defensive. Not having read the article they’re referring to, my intitial thought is no, I do not think either one of those things. I got the impression she made a bunch of statements she had prepared ahead of time, was a little nervous being on camera, and had difficulty dumbing down all her technical jargon for the interviewer or the average viewer to understand.

Interesting thing I found not on the internet: Hamilton Perkins Collection. (Yes, this is a website, but I saw the products in real life and met the owner in person, so this counts as “not on the internet.”) Also, a random abandoned cake on the boardwalk.


Scariest thing I did today: Networking event. #socialanxiety

Something I learned today: You can not deploy Salesforce managed package permissions granted via permission set in a change set. You have to either load them in from a file after you deploy or re-create them manually.

Did anyone ask when I was going to have kids, get married or move in w/boyfriend today? Yes.

Assembly of the day:


Something I accomplished: Met about 10 new people. 🙂

Song of the day: I Think UR a Contra, Vampire Weekend

To be continued.

Daily Survey #1

By being a computer genius, cool things i found on the internet, lists, salesforce 2 Comments

Goal: Blog more.

Strategy: Daily survey.


Coffees consumed: 2

Gluten-filled items consumed: 0

Dumbest thing I did today: Got in the shower with my glasses on.

Interesting thing I found on the internet (via recommendation from a reliable source): Managing Nerds.

Interesting thing I found not on the internet (via September 7, 2015 issue of The New Yorker in doctor’s waiting room):


Scariest thing I did today: Flu shot (I hate needles).

Something I learned today: Apparently, you can not add Salesforce business processes to change sets via the normal “Add” button. You have to click “View/Add Dependencies” and find/add them from that page.

Did anyone ask when I was going to have kids, get married or move in w/boyfriend today? Yes.

Assembly of the day:


Something I accomplished: Read almost an entire book when I got home from work.

Song of the day: I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, YACHT

That is all.

How to Recover From Being Sick as Quickly as Possible

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I’m no doctor, but prior to going (mostly) gluten-free, I was a certifiable hypochondriac, which I presume entitles me to give unsolicited health advice to my friends every once in awhile. Having spent five years in a constant state of anxiety about my well-being resulted in me having somewhat of a heightened sense of awareness about my health most of the time, which means when I actually am sick, I catch it early — which does often result in my recovering more quickly. I hate doctors, and I hate taking prescription medication unless I really have to, so this is my approach to recovering as fast as I possibly can with or without either one of those two things.

1. Know when you are getting sick. Once you’re 25 or 30 years old, you should have a pretty good idea of which symptoms mean you’re getting sick (and which ones just mean you’re tired or stressed). For me, I start to feel light-headed, mildly achy, sometimes my throat gets scratchy, and my ears start to click or feel congested. That’s a sure sign I’m coming down with something.

2. As soon as you know you are getting sick, start acting like a sick person. If you are at work, leave. If you are at a party, leave. If you are at the mall, leave. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not eat McDonald’s, and do not drink any more alcohol. I started to feel somewhat crappy on Friday night two hours into a party. I could have stayed, but instead I made my apologies, said my goodbyes, and promptly took myself home. I know that two hours spent partying might mean an extra two days sick for me.

3. Get in bed, and stay there. Don’t clean. Don’t do laundry. Stay in your bed. Force yourself to sleep as much as possible. Drink some water. Take a vitamin and some NyQuil if you have to, but sleep, sleep, sleep. In my opposite-of-expert medical opinion, I’m pretty sure your immune system functions better if you are (a) laying down and (b) not doing anything to distract it. You can get out of bed for three things: food/water, a bath/shower, a short walk outdoors. If you are not sleeping, read a book, watch a movie, or try to bore yourself into going back to sleep.

4. Drink/eat plenty of fluids. These include water, juice, soup, and/or tea. I don’t know about Gatorade. Somehow drinking sugary sports drinks while you are laying in bed seems counterintuitive to me, but whatever makes you feel better. If you’re feeling up to it, get some protein, carbs and veggies in you, too. You can get up if you have to, but it’s better to con someone else to come over and bring these items to you. (Extra points if they take care of your pets while they’re at it.)

5. Keep your favorite over-the-counter drugs on hand. Mine include Advil, Zyrtec D, NyQuil, DayQuil, Airborne and the occasional cough drop. I’d rather mess with these than go to the doctor and get a prescription any day of the week.

6. If after 24-48 hours of this behavior you are getting worse, go to the doctor. As much as I hate the doctor, I know that within two days of resting, I’m usually feeling much better, if not 100% back to normal. So if that doesn’t happen, I don’t procrastinate. I go straight to the doctor, tell her what’s up, and try to get her to prescribe a medication I know I’ve taken in the past for something similar that worked. Then I go back home and repeat steps 1 through 4 until I feel better.

And that’s it. Don’t go back to work or anywhere else until you feel better and/or until you’re not going to get everyone else sick!

Thanks to this approach, I’ve avoided the doctor for many things (other than the shingles) over the last several years, and I’ve probably saved myself three sick days for every one I took as soon as I started to feel bad.

Then again, just because this works for me doesn’t mean it’s perfect for everyone. What do you think? Do you do anything special that I should add to the list?

P.S. That picture is from 2009. I am not currently reading Twilight. I am reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. =)