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August 6, 2010

Some people...

While walk/jogging with my husband last night (really, how AM I going to run a half-marathon when I can't run more than 2 blocks at a time? But I digress...) we visited about how some people in our lives can spark such conflicting emotions.

How is it that someone can make you so angry by asking you to perform a menial task and at the same time, you are honored they chose you instead of another coworker?

Why is it possible to respect someone for his/her talent, and not respect his/her moral foundation  or value system?

Have you ever been aggravated beyond words because of how a person treats you, and then find yourself busting your buns to try to please when he/she asks for a favor?

As a natural people pleaser, I genuinely look for the win-win to most situations (keeping the balance, making harmony, not rocking the boat - you know - those kind of cliche's). However, there are some people that have the ability to manipulate even those who are far "tougher-skinned" than I. While thankfully, I can only think of a handful of people that fits that description, I do find those personalities literally and figuratively exhausting.

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August 4, 2010

And on the third day...
God may have worked six days before resting on the seventh, but I can only handle three. I think I may have pushed it a bit with last night's basketball victory laps. Of course, anyone that knows me can surely conjure up a mental picture of me doing a taunting, dance-like trot around Kris. Serves me right for being in pain today. Will hit the work out hard again tomorrow.
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August 3, 2010

Not horsin' around
Today marks the second day (only 82 more to go) of preparations for my very first half-marathon. Since I haven't kept to a rigorous work-out regime since before getting pregnant with Garrett six plus years ago, this statement gets quite a few raised eyebrows. I'm not sure if I will actually RUN in the race, but I needed this motivation to work toward a goal while ultimately getting in better shape and losing weight.

It would be really cool to brag about running an entire half-marathon, but I will be pleased to be able to run a 5K come October. What I didn't realize is how I would earn bragging rights during my training. Tonight, I'm proud to say that I still have my jump-shot (and lay-up and free throw and hook shot and...), as I beat my coworker Kris in a round of Horse and Pig.

Poor guy. I think my victory laps might have been hard for him to swallow, but hey, at least I was running.
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August 2, 2010

We've come a LONG way, baby
With tomorrow the Primary Election, here is an interesting fact pulled from research done by Project Vote (see "Representational Bias in the 2008 Electorate," Hess and Herman):

"The 2008 registration rate for women, who make up 52 percent of the population, was 73 percent—four percentage points higher than the registration rate of men. The 2008 voting rate for women was 66 percent, also four percentage points higher than that of men."

While I'm proud that more women are becoming active in the democratic process, there are still so many who don't. Today a friend told me she wasn't planning to vote because she hadn't followed the candidates' campaigns very closely. Since she didn't know who to vote for, she reasoned, why vote at all?

Well, my friend, take a look at this movie clip from Iron Jawed Angels, a true story about women suffragettes who fought for our right to vote. These true-life brave heroines were imprisoned at the turn of the century. The leader, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank), is force fed after refusing to eat. Powerful images for an important right many take for granted today.

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