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Monday, July 19, 2010

Before I go any further in this blog entry, I've just gotta say, check out the video. Paul Weller is one hot ticket. My oh my.

Now that I've gotten THAT out of the way, here comes the actual blog entry:

I had a somewhat up and down week and that is going to be pretty much the way things are for the remainder of the month so please bear with me. On Tuesday, my company heard that we have been selected to present a pre-adventure for TEDxBoston (
). This is an ENORMOUS deal -- it is the kind of thing that careers are made on.

So, we are busy. Because I am the only non-technical employee, I get to do all the grunt work: invitations, Tweets, blog entries, order catering, figure out other things we need (magic markers, name tags, etc.), promote, send out thank yous, etc.

We are in good shape but it is generally because I worked like a dog for the last four days of last week. Invitations are done, Tweets are done and scheduled and almost all of the blog entries have been written. Most of the stuff has been bought. Today I've got to call catering. Catering is tricky as I don't have a head count yet, and I know that people will come in at the last minute. There's limited space in the pre-adventures so I can see more interest being generated if the -- ahem -- helicopter ride over Boston or the BSO, um, thing get filled up. At least I think there's a BSO activity. It's all been blurring together for quite a while now.

As for the talk, that is not my department but we will do a rehearsal on Wednesday evening so somehow this will be all worked out, I'm sure. I don't mind speaking in front of crowds but I need something to say. I suspect I will work the front table and maybe introduce the guys, then get out of everyone's way.

Which is fine.

In the meantime, over the weekend, my husband and I ran a 5K.

Oh. My. God.

Hotter than Hades. Slow. Grinding. Dirty.

My second-worst time. Ever.

Did not faint, did not feel like it, but I know my face was red and hot, which is the sign right before feeling faint. Yes, I had a ton of water with me. Didn't matter.

We drank and drank afterwards. There were pretzels there -- I totally did not even count them. Just grabbed, had to have the salt.

I am okay today but I have inner thigh (groin?) pain on both sides. I get this after running and hate it. I will need to get my act in gear in terms of some strength training for that area at some point. I understand that races give me pain the following day, and I accept that, but it's been a few days and it should be done now, so that is telling me I need to strength train more.

Plus -- and I'm not sure how I did this, although it may have been that I whacked my hand on a water bottle -- my left thumb has a lovely bump and pain. Some sort of jamming, I suppose.

This week, no race, just the rehearsal but before that I have a marketing thing and, in between, as the meat in the sandwich, I've got the phone screen with the place that is courting me.

Life is whizzing by and getting more and more confused. Good things are, for the most part, happening. I just wish I was more conscious of them.
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    Dang. A TED event?! Even if independently organized, is pretty dang cool

    You GO, girl!

    3673 days ago
    Any ol' way you can do it, such an AWESOME deal on the 5K!

    In that same hot weather I had a WONDERFUL time biking 66 miles through the Catskills...a few pics in my latest blog.

    Keep the SPARK! :-)

    3674 days ago
    Catching up all sounds very exciting, but then, I am not in the middle of it like you are. Or, perhaps it is all over and you are a robotics celebrity now.
    3674 days ago
    Hang in there.... YOU ARE LIVING LIFE! Sounds like great things are happening even if you didn't make the best time. Your aches and pains are temporary, the way you've kicked butt and took names is a lifetime of memories! I totally understand the feeling of wanting to be more conscious of all going on... but in my opinion that is a defense mechanism so you don't really comprehend how hard you are working! Good luck with the presentation!
    3674 days ago
    WOW! verrrrrrry busy, but a good busy! I hope the presentation goes well. Congrats on the running. It's amazing how you have to get tough for this fitness stuff, isn't it? If you want to feel better, check out a crash on the Tour de France. I'm following the race when I'm home, and I know that I would hurt from the bike seat for a 10 mile ride, much less the Pyrannees --- ahhhhhhh
    3675 days ago
    Always make time for you!
    3675 days ago
    Well Hot Stuff...I can call you that after the run last weekend good luck with this. Very exciting stuff. Just think you could be at that stuffy terrible old gig. Wow.
    3675 days ago
    Sometimes you just need to roll with it! Hang in there and enjoy what you can!
    3675 days ago
    I have nothing truly useful to add, except 1) keep taking good care of your precious, precious self. And 2) if you think Paul Weller is hot, perhaps you will agree with me that Adam Ant is SMOKIN':

    I think we should both take up face paint.
    3675 days ago
    You are indeed busy!
    But you're doing it for the good of your future, after all.
    The groin muscle pain sounds not good though, just curious, do you do yoga?
    None of my business, and KNOW that I am NOT giving you advice.
    I hope the job possibility comes through for you, but only if they pay you well, respect you well, and if you have time for a life!
    3675 days ago
    Wow You are a busy gal.I got tired reading your blog.But congrats on doing the 5k.Who cares if it wasn't your finished it and thats what counts.
    I know you are busy but do find some quiet time to relax.
    3676 days ago
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    Sounds like a lot going on. Just remember to pause every now and again and catch your breath.
    3676 days ago
    My personal trainer, whose advice I've not bothered to take yet, sent me a link to some agility moves that he says are really good for people who are running.

    Lemme see if I can get my lazy fingers to open up email and find it, and I'll post a link here!

    One day I want to speak at the real TED. Wouldn't that just be incredible? For now, I just want to be accepted to attend. :)

    We had a TEDxAustin here recently; I was apparently not a big enough thinker to get in. Or perhaps I didn't get in because one of my competitors was on the decision board? Maybe I should try to get in the TEDxBoston. I could meet you, see Lab-Lover and Quirkles and Queenotheforest...and get SMARTer. I think they should have t-shirts - "My friend spoke at TEDx, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

    Okay enough from me. I'm going to work now. Speaking of confused...ahha
    3676 days ago
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    Congrats on the run! And the career moves! And beating the heat!
    3676 days ago
    Wow, you have lots going on. Good luck with everything.

    For the caterer, if you have a good one, which I assume you do, and they are experienced with these kinds of events, they should know how to plan for last minute attendees etc. I'm sure they have a way to figure out the correct amount of overage.

    Good for you and Mr. J. running a 5K this weekend. Its just been so HOT. I have not been running due to a knee issue. But I've been walking. More often though I go to the air-conditioned gym because the last couple of weeks the heat has been brutal.

    Have a good week!
    3676 days ago
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