Early November


Tuesday morning.  Third of November.  Record high temperatures expected again today.

Despite this, I am sitting indoors, with the fireplace making a lame attempt at warming my perpertually cold body.  I came down with the flu a week ago.  It’s been awful and depressing.  Since I am out of the workforce, no one nagged me to get a flu shot, and I just didn’t do it.  I didn’t think of it.  Darnit.

The day before the flu hit me like a semi, I signed up for the winter season of the running club with which I have spent many happy hours.  I really want to do at least one half marathon in 2016, and being a part of this group is the best way I know to get t here.  Not only do the work involved in the training, but surround myself with healthy happy like-minded people.

I went to my favorite local running store last week to get a new hat for the winter, and was so happy when this wonderful world-class runner, an actual race-WINNER, greeted me by name and asked me what races I’ll be doing in 2016.  Oh yeah, I am part of something.

Oh no,  I am not being humble when I call myself a “back-of-the-packer,” it’s the truth.  I have finished last on more than one occasion.   There was a time when I thought I would die if that happened, but I learned that I can survive.  My hope, of course, is not to finish last.  But I would rather have a Dead-Last-Finish than a Did-Not-Finish.   And I would rather be healthy.

One time the same runner referenced above really shocked me.  He asked me how the race we had just done was.  I sheepishly told him that I finished last, and his face lit up as he told me “Then you had the most fun!” Meaning that I was on the course the longest, therefore had the most fun.  Awesome way to look at it.  Of course, he is having the least fun as he wins… I doubt that.

I must find a job, and the one I thought was a sure thing seems not to be.  I don’t want to work full-time and I don’t want a serious job.  I will wait until next week because I still do not feel well.

Life is so good.  I can’t believe how very different my life is today, and how my mood and attitudes have changed.  It is nothing short of miraculous!

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3 Responses to Early November

  1. Sherry says:

    So nice to hear you this happy. Good luck on the job hunt and feel better soon.


  2. Annette says:

    So I was on to something when I thought of Starbucks and knitting shops! Lol I hope you feel better soon Mary!

  3. Syd says:

    So sorry you have been sick. Missing out on good weather there instead of being outside which I know is what you love.

    I know of a lady in one of my meetings who retired from being a hospital administrator and got a part time job in a knitting shop. She said that it is a lot of fun for her. Just a thought! Hope that you are feeling better and will be out running soon.

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