Wednesday, June 29, 2005

pissed off in lab AND racing

Been doing pretty well this week. Lab work is picking up. I was kind of pissed today b/c I had to clean up all the radioactivity left by the sloppy baby of the lab who was a complete asshole when confronted...very nicely...by me. If I have to go to the PI again to complain, he'll only complain that he doesn't feel comfortable, and I'll get another "talk" about getting along well with others. But anyway, my huge radioactive experiment is winding down, and I--a RESPONSIBLE, mature human being--carefully and tediously cleaned up everything, even though it took an extra hour and a half. But I'm not bitter or anything.
Jason is going to Wisconsin to see his family (they live on a dairy farm). Usually, I go too, but I need to stay here and get work done so I can graduate in December. I wish I could go. Summertime in Wisconsin is awesome. I hate visiting over Thanksgiving b/c I'm thin-skinned and always freezing at that time of year.
I'm going to try and be courageous this weekend and compete in some races! For the sheer joy of it. I don't care about time or anything. I just want to do it and enjoy it. There's a 10K downtown on Sunday, and a biathlon (4.5 mile run and 20 mile bike) in Illinois on Monday, the 4th. I just need to a) wake up early and b) get the guts up to do it--by myself. I can do it!
I mimicked the biathlon last night (indoors b/c it's like the 5th ring of hell outside in St. Louis this week). I ran 4.5 miles on our damn treadmill (I hate that thing--it's like running in glue). Then, I hopped on the bike and spun intervals for an hour. It was hard! But I did it! I drank a ton of water. It will probably take me at least 80 minutes to bike 20 miles but I figured I better not push myself too hard if I want to have enough left for the race next week. The adrenaline will give me the final push. So I can do it!
I plan on seeing if I'm up for a 10K either today or tomorrow. I think I am. I feel like I'm bouncing back quickly. I've been feeling better b/c I've been eating better and sleeping better.
I figured out that I have "delayed circadian rhythm disorder". Basically it means I'm a night owl and have a hard time getting up in the morning. So I've been trying tricks for waking up earlier (going to bed earlier is no problem). I discovered SUNSHINE this morning. Jason opened the shades when he got up, and I gradually and refreshingly woke up on my own within 40 minutes. Pretty cool, huh?

I've linked the two races I want to do to this post, not that anyone's interested.


Interactive question of the day:

We always feel so rushed in life. I often wish I could stop time and catch up with everything. If you could stop time, what would you do?

8 comments:

Kevin said...

First, I cant stand when you have to pick up the slack after someone else. I had to do that all the time when I worked in restaurants, and it stinks when you confront them and then you become the "bad guy" even though they were the lazy ones.
Second, you go!! good luck with the runs, I cant wait to hear how you do.
Third, If I could stop time...I would get all of my deadline stuff done first, then do all of the things I never normaly have time for. like relax for a bit...nap...enjoy nature for a moment.

Rachel said...

If I could stop time, I would do all the fun things I never have time to do: play tennis, paint, write, garden, scuba dive, and snuggle with my bunnies.

RosieBoo said...

If I could pause time, I'd write that novel I've always wanted to write....

Rachel said...

the problem is...i don't know if I'd ever want to start it again. I'd have to be able to have other people share it with me (of my choice)---the bunnies and Jason.

Kevin said...

so when time is stopped, does that mean everyone is frozen, or just time is frozen?

I would rather just freeze time and let everyone else be unfrozen.

G-Man said...

I'd get my shit together.

Rachel said...

Kevin,

If time were stopped for the world but not you, everyone else would be frozen. That's fine with me as long as I can unfreeze the people I want to be with.

Mon said...

I would stop time, and sleep in. I would never be un-rested, whenever I was tired, I'd stop time so I didn't miss a thing!!!!