Time for more Q&A!
There are actually a few questions that were posed on my Burning Questions post that I’m working on…they’re just taking a while to get my thoughts together and typed out. But they’ll be worth the wait!
For now, I thought I would go through some of the easier ones to answer.
Janetha said…it would be fun to hear more about where “in here” is.. i am not quite sure since i am a fairly new reader!…
and related to that…
Nick and I work and live in southwest Virginia. Except for 2.5 years that I was at school in Arkansas, I’ve lived in Virginia my entire life.
I was born in Portsmouth, grew up in Chesapeake, and now live on the other end of Virginia. My parents and Nick’s parents also live in the state, so we’re pretty happy being here. Plus, it’s beautiful – you have ocean on one side and mountains on the other.
As for my job…I don’t want to get into too many details, but I’m kind of a mix of an Admin Assistant/Specialized Assistant in my office.
I don’t do a lot of the normal admin assistant tasks because I work specifically on one side of my office.
Most of my day is filled with processing applications/submissions, corresponding with people, and sending letters from our office.
So…not super exciting, but that’s why I get to work at home 2 days a week now. Everything I do is on the computer: our database is online, everything is done through email, and I can access my work desktop from home so I’m not missing anything when I’m not in the office.
Missy said…I would love to know about your racing/running. I know you do it but are you training for a race or do you just enjoy it.
Ah, running :) What a question for me.
I actually never ran growing up, unless I was just playing around.
I did not start trying to run until early last year, and I ran my first ever 5K in April 2008.
I’ll be honest – it was horrible at first. I hated every minute of it.
I couldn’t run longer than 1-2 minutes at a time…I felt like I was dying…I couldn’t breathe…I had horrible side stitches, my ankles hurt…it was bad. And I was a big baby. Nick can vouch for that.
I remember being so mad and upset with myself at first that I seriously would have fits out there, start crying, and just be horrible!
I finally signed us up for the 5K that April and figured…I’m going to have to start doing this for me if I want to finish this race. So I did.
And it was hard. Every day out there was rough.
But I remember the first day I ran 4 minutes at one time before having to take a break!
And I remember the first time I ever ran 15 minutes before taking a walking break.
And then I started to love it.
I still have bad days – I still get side stitches…a lot, actually, but they’re not as bad as they used to be.
And it’s something I wanted to do and I got through it. I pushed myself through the hard days and now I can run 30 minutes or 1 hour without stopping, even when I do get a cramp or it’s just not a good run.
I just love being able to tie my laces and get out there. You don’t need anything but a good pair of shoes, and you’re set.
In answer to the training part…
I’m hoping to run a 10K later this month if it works out and I’ve been following a training plan for a half marathon that I’m hoping to do in November.
I haven’t registered for it yet (the registration wasn’t open yet the last time I checked) and it’s actually kind of freaking me out.
I think I can do it? I want to do it – it just seems like such a stretch from what I can run now.
So…as for the training…I guess I’m training for a half? I’m not 100% sure yet. Now I’m just thinking that I need to find one later in the year, but we’ll see?
Is that a good answer? No? :)
Tracey asked today…I’d really like to try the carrot cake oatmeal but I wasn’t sure if you put water in the oats. I would assume so but you don’t have water listed and I saw today for your oatmeal, you do list water. So, when you have a chance if you could let me know besides the yummy crushed pineapple, grated carrots, ginger, salt and cinnamon if you add H2O.
For any oatmeal, I just about always use water to make it.
I think I forgot to list the water in the carrot cake oatmeal recipe! But, yes, I did use water also. Thank you for noticing that!
Since the recipe I based mine off of used 4 cups of water, I started with 2.5 cups of water plus the juice from the pineapple and let it go from there. While it was cooking, I just kept adding a little water if it looked like it needed more. I think I ended up adding another 1/2 cup or so – I just wanted to make sure there was enough liquid for them to cook, and having the pineapple kept it from needing as much plain water as usual.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Q&A – they should be good ones!
And make sure to send in more questions!
Do you use milk, water, or a combo for your oatmeal/hot cereals?