I am in a blogging rut. Isn't it obvious? Haven't seen me around lately. That's because I haven't been here. And now I can't blame it on other "Internet addictions" either. I've been...well....living my life, I guess. About time.
Saturday morning I got up to run with my group. We had a long run to do, trying to get ready for the marathon. We tried a new route, hooking in to the new Legacy trail. It was AWESOME! I love that trail. I'm sure it'll be even better once everything is green.
I also love the Lagoon trail. It's short, but so beautiful. And it goes along the back of Lagoon, and you can see all the animals. And no matter what time of year it is, the scenery is so beautiful. There is a canopy of trees over head, plenty of wild brush alongside the trail. It is simply breathtaking, no matter what time of year it is. Summer is green and lush, Fall is surrounded by falling colors, Winter is clean and white, Spring is fresh and blooming. If you ever get a chance, go for a walk along that trail. It's worth it.
So, at the start of the run, I was nervous, because I didn't have a good day the Saturday before. I went slow, and ended up getting behind the group and ran shorter than planned. As I've said before, I've kind of gotten into a running funk, and up to this point, I'd just been going through the motions, but my heart wasn't really in it. Well, we started out, and most of the group was cutting short, and there ended up only being two of us running long. I don't know if it was the change of scenery or just having a good day, but around mile 15, I got my second wind. We ended up running 21 miles. And I felt so good. I guess the adrenalin kicked in. My only regret was the fact that the Salt Lake marathon was that day, and I totally could have run 5 more miles. But at least now, I'm ready for Ogden marathon. Running the distance has given me the boost I needed to keep going. That euphoria that I feel after a long run....that I don't get after the short runs....that is why I run marathons.
I took the girls to see the new Hannah Montana movie last Saturday, after trying to juggle me running 21 miles, Peter's ballet class pictures, TJ's friend's birthday party, and KJ's soccer game (which all happened to over lap--Thank goodness for a good husband to pick up the slack)
I went to the movie (after KJ begged and begged), expecting it to be cheesy and stupid. And I loved it! Seriously! It was such a cute, uplifting movie, and I really like the music. So, Amber, I'm definitely in, when you want to see it again!!
I just had to throw in this really cute pic of my future rock star.
I've had a hankering for strawberry jam lately. And I noticed that strawberries were really cheap at the store the other day. So I bought a case. Apparently one case of strawberries makes enough jam to feed a small country. So, I spent all day Monday...(or was it Tuesday--I can't remember) making jam. Anybody want some?
My Dad's birthday was Tuesday, so we had a birthday party for him on Tuesday night. Monday was also my brother's birthday. He 17. Yikes. And yesterday was my niece's 2nd birthday. So, Happy Birthday Dad, Mase and Ava!
My brother's wife had a baby last Friday. So Wednesday, I took their two little girls (3, and 2) all day, then made them dinner Wednesday night. So, entertaining five kids, while making dinner, and cookies.....yeah......no time to blog.
I did manage on Wednesday night, though, to try to upload my album into a program that puts it onto iTunes, Amazon, etc for artists. Downloading this program completely crashed my computer. The whole thing just froze. For like 24 hours. I tried everything. Control/Alt/Delete, Pushing the power button, Holding down the power button. I even just unplugged the computer and rebooted. It didn't work. Finally, I got my computer to at least shut down last night around 6:00. So, I decided to let it rest for a while.
I turned it on this morning, and now it's working fine. But, I'm scared to open the program to continue uploading. Apparently the universe isn't ready for my songs to be on iTunes yet.
I got this email forward today, and I thought it was funny:
"Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensive double-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them.. He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them. Hellloooo,...........just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves! Helllooooo? It's been a year! I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up. He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot."
Don't I wish you really could get away with that! If I had a nickel for every time I was told "this product will pay for itself"........
Production on the CD is almost done! I got my permissions in the mail yesterday, so we are a go on that!! Yay! And I'm almost done with the album cover. I had a very talented photographer take my picture yesterday. We are trying to decide which one to put on the album, then it'll be sent off to the printer. I'm hoping for a release sometime mid-May.
Thank you to everyone who has already made an order! Remember you get a free sheet music download AND free shipping if you pre-order between now and April 30th. Go to my website to order.
Want to see the cover? Here it is:
What do you think?
And remember if you haven't heard my music yet, I now have a little widget over there on the side bar. Go click play and listen. And if you love it, you are more than welcome to borrow it and put it on your blog! Just click Share.
So, I've been busy. I'm trying to focus on everything going on right now. I'm hoping by summer things will slow down. So, sorry, if you don't see me lurking. I'll be by eventually. Don't write me off completely.
So, here are some random tunes:
1. Constellations - Jack Johnson
2. Oxygen - Colbie Caillat
3. Take It To the Limit - The Eagles
4. Good Enough - Sarah Mclachlan
5. Please - Chris Isaak
6. Start All Over - Miley Cyrus
7. March of the Witch Hunters - Wicked
8. Only Time - Enya
9. Sonata No. 2 in b flat minor for Piano, Op. 35, Grave "Funeral March" - Chopin
10. Bicycle Race - Queen
Bonus: Unknown - Chely Wright