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Tuesday, July 27, 2004


Want to see the cutest boy in the entire world? Even if you don't, you should.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Hector The Protector

Meet the Hyser's new watchdog...

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Picture Procastinator

For finally processing pictures in Photoshop and getting prints at Sam's Club.

From 2002.

Run For Your Life

I honestly, never thought running a race would be that much fun! Especially in such a heatwave.

We walked downtown and registered around 6. I'd brought some Revival Soy products for one of the healthclub managers to sample, so once we got our numbers, t-shirts & water, we headed to the Target Center. He was very appreciative and offered to hold onto our t-shirts (even though they boast the rival Lifetime Fitness logo) so we didn't have to run with them. Soy happens to be a very powerful bargaining tool :)

Go time.
Instead of starting at the Basillica and running north on Hennepin to 5th street, east to Marquette and back around Loring Park, we started at Block E (6th/Hennepin) and ran through Loring Park, past the Walker Art Center, through the Kenwood neighborhood and back to Loring Park. The first 2 miles were fairly flat. The last 2 miles were uphill both directions. I'm not kidding, the way they looped us through Kenwood, we kept missing the downside to the hills we were climbing! There was a nice downhill break to end the 3rd mile but that was hardly any consolation! I made the mistake of thinking we were closer to the finish than we were and made an early push. By the time we were a half-mile away I really thought I was going to have to walk. But I perservered and we finished at 34:09! I'm surprised I even made it that close to my goal time. Ryan & I are good running partners. We both go at about the same pace and manage to help each other through the tough spots.

They had the usual refreshments: apples, bananas, bars, bread, water, powerade. Plus samples of Michelob Ultra and 2 free beers. Because it's good to run 4 miles in 97 degree heat and then consume alcohol!

After collecting the usual water bottles/can coolers, etc., we headed home along side the Aquatennial Torchlight parade, stretched, showered and prepared to head back downtown.

Had a great dinner at Friday's and took a taxi home.

What a night! I can't believe I feel refreshed since I had to get to work over an hour early today. Plus, my muscles don't hurt. 4 miles in intense heat is good for you after all? Or maybe it's the beer. Must be the beer.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Weather Update:

Currently, it's 90 degrees with 65% humidity which means it feels like it's almost 100 degrees.

There isn't a cloud in the sky.

It's going to be a HOT 4 miles.

I'm going to be lucky to finish at all, much less in 32 minutes!

The good news is that it's supposed to be upper 70s and sunny all weekend. Excellent!

Torchlight 4 Mile

To keep the "tradition" alive, I'm going to run the LifeFitness Torchlight 4 Mile with Ryan tonight.

Last year's Torchlight race was a 5K (3.1 miles) and you may remember it being my very first race. I finished last year around 25:30 I believe and I hope to finish tonight somewhere around 32:00. That's pretty aggressive but I've got Ryan as motivation.

The Aquatennial Torchlight Parade follows the race (quite literally), so come on out and cheer us on!

For more information about the Aquatennial, click here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Get The Picture?

I've neglected my photos page for well over a year.

And so, it is with great pleasure that I announce it has been resurrected and has a shiny new album to offer!

I shouldn't cloud this grand re-opening by mentioning that the party was: last Labor Day, which was 324 days ago and happened to be Ryan and my 2nd date, but how can I not?

I'm so thankful that Susie introduced me to Stacy last summer and that Ryan was brave enough to go straight from Denver to a strange house. We all became fast friends. In fact, they are Ryan and my first official mutual friends. Because they're nice. Also, the girls have girls' night while the guys play poker. And they go to Vegas every year for the NFL kick-off. We're a match made in heaven :)

Friday, July 09, 2004


Wow did I get a breath of fresh air this week! I've been wound up so tightly lately I literally squeezed the real me out! I really overwhelmed myself and started to feel really out of control and scared that I'd never find my footing again. And it was affecting every aspect of my life. So I started writing stuff down on Tuesday. It's amazing how theraputic that can be. While I was writing, all of these things seemed to be so ominous and I felt like there were endless issues. When I'd finished, I already felt better but when I read through the pages I realized that it's really quite simple. It all boils down to me biting off more than I can chew and taking responsibility for everybody else's feelings. I never ask for help. And I probably should apologize for it because I'm sure my friends have wanted to help and might even feel bad when I don't ask or accept their help thinking that I don't trust them enough to help. It's not that at all. I associate getting help as a sign of weakness and vulnerability and feel like I'm being a burden. It's ironic that I feel that way since I'm so quick to help everyone else and I really enjoy helping my friends so why would I feel bad asking them to help me? So I asked for help. And it was good. And I don't think I've ever felt this loved or appreciated in my whole life. I wish I would have done so sooner.

Monday, July 05, 2004


We had a great 4th. We spent all day on my Dad's boat. It was gorgeous weather and we got a lot of sun. We cleaned up, had dinner at Majors and headed over to Jason's. It was a great mix of people and Kevin Farmer was in town. Nothing like some Dominican Rum and Cubans to make a party! Couldn't have asked for more. And then there was the fire. And fireworks. And the throwing of fireworks into the fire. I got so used to the noise I even stopped covering my ears! Ryan's so thoughtful, he worked it out so we could leave early and head over to Heather & Mike's so we could spend some time with his friends and some with mine. We got to Heather & Mike's at about 11:30 or so, maybe midnight. My ex-boyfriend was there. We're all adults but our not being prepared for it put Ryan in a strange position. In the end it turned out OK, but I'll never understand why you'd want to hang out with your ex's family and friends, especially on a holiday. Ryan, of course, handled himself like a champ and didn't even complain about it. I'm not sure that I would have been that strong, tactful or quiet.

Thursday, July 01, 2004


I'm trying to enjoy the beautiful night it is - the weather is just phenomenal. But I'm screaming inside. Things at work are going better. I'm learning a lot and definitely honing skills that will prove to be awesome for my career. But I have some opportunities and the timing is just so wrong. So I'm uncertain. Do you stay and gain experience for a possible future position that just might be perfect? Or do you go for something that's better, great even; just not perfect? I suppose it's like being in a relationship. You can't settle, right? But how do you know if you're settling? I hate that all of this uncertainty about work; where I'm going to live after Halloween - it's making me uncertain about EVERYTHING. So I'm sure I'm being unnecessarily difficult. Sorry Ryan.

In case I don't get back to this before the weekend - Enjoy the 4th! Be safe, have fun. Drink a beer for me :)


For never being satisfied, over-scheduling myself, over-spending and forgetting about what's really important. Must start taking better care of myself.

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