It’s been an Awful week! Just awful!

It’s been quite a break from blogging this past week, and not in a good way.  It has been an awful week.

Starting a week ago today, I have worked every day.  Knowing that I have a vacation coming up this Saturday, it is fairly normal that I end up working 7, 8, 9, sometimes 10 days in a row.  That alone sucks. It is tiring, and makes that vacation so needed by the time the work is done.  Add to that the fact that the first day of the stretch at work I hurt my back.  Not even sure how it happened.  I just realized that my lower back was hurting toward the end of the workday.  At first I didn’t think much of it, figured it was just tweaked a bit and would work itself out.  Unfortunately, seven days later, this pain has been fierce and unaffected by heavy helpings of ibuprofen.

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So, I am at a place this morning where I just really can’t deal with the pain anymore.  I need to find a solution!  I haven’t been to a chiropractor in nearly twenty years, mainly because I haven’t needed one.  I threw my back out in a big way long ago, and I had much success with a chiropractor visit.  Put me right back on track and finally relieved my pain and allowed me to get back to life.  I really think this is my only solution right now.  I am worried that I won’t be able to find a good one prior to leaving on vacation Saturday morning.  That is my mission this morning!

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In addition to my back pain, I have been dealing with this damned Octavia winter storm.  We did get hit here pretty hard in North Carolina.  Any kind of winter weather here is always a big deal, and awful to deal with.  Nearly every school system in our entire state was closed yesterday.  That is hard to imagine, but it’s true.  But, yes, I had to work.  So I had to deal with ridding my vehicle of ice, and driving through pure treachery about half of my twenty mile journey to work.  Luckily we closed early, and it allowed me to get back home before the refreezing of the roads.  Another dose of winter weather today potentially, and then a polar plunge down to temperatures that are rarely seen here ever.  Another obnoxious day!

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Please, please, please……  I need Saturday morning to get here so that I can head to the airport and get the hell out of here!  And there better not be any flight issues due to this weather!  If my flight is cancelled, the fits of rage will be heard clear across the Triangle.  Heaven help me, it truly has been an awful week.  I haven’t even been able to run because of my back, so stress relief will only come in the form of an on-time departure Saturday morning, and a perfect touch down in Sin City.

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Sunshine, Warmth and Hogwarts

I am a southerner at heart.  I had no choice at being born in the north, and had to endure long, cold and white winters.  As a child I didn’t mind, as snow meant FUN!  Snowball fights, snow forts, skiing.  As an adult though, and the older I get, the more and more I hate cold weather.  Living in the south now for over 15 years, my blood has thinned.

My mood, especially after hitting Daylight Savings Time, really dips with winter temperatures and fewer hours of daylight.  This year I am even finding running in the cold weather much less enjoyable than in the past.  I just need more warmth.  Luckily I have something to look forward to.  Even as I turn on the television this morning and see our first winter storm advisory splashed across the screen, my thoughts are more on sunshine and warmth than the potential for a quarter of an inch of ice we are supposed to get this evening and overnight.

Thursday after work we are loading up the old Suburban, and heading south.  Finally a break to the winter, and a much needed getaway after a long and arduous holiday season at work.  Thursday night will put us in northern Georgia before hitting the road again early Friday morning to Orlando.

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A four day vacation in Florida is just what I need.  Not having been to Univeral Orlando in over ten years, I am really looking forward to a warm weather holiday.  Staying at Disney, but playing at Universal.  We’ve been to Disney three times in the last seven years, so this will be a nice change up.

With the Walt Disney World Marathon and other races down there this past weekend, the numerous posts I’ve seen regarding the races and everyone’s time in Florida has really gotten me anxious for this break.  Not sure if I will even get out for a run while there, I will surely be visiting Harry Potter and the famous Hogwarts!  Can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to ride some roller coasters!

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Here’s to vacations!  Here’s to warmer weather!  Here’s to sunshine and palm trees!

North Carolina Snowstorm -Take II

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I think I am going to lose my mind!!!  Seriously, I can’t take this winter anymore.  I need to be on the first flight out of here to somewhere remote in the Caribbean, not to return until Spring.

Round two of the winter weather in two weeks has begun.  It began with a quick burst of snow earlier today, and has already taken hold of this area.  Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, etc..lots of snow, and then ice.  A 48 hour event, with a lot of folks to lose power.  This is the latest photo from CNN.

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The huge problem with this storm is the ice and freezing rain that will follow this snow overnight tonight.  For the local area, they are calling for another two inches of snow on top of the ice that forms tonight.  I am hunkered in, warm.  For now.  Fingers crossed that my power doesn’t go out tonight.  How will I ever be able to get the 20 miles to work tomorrow?  I doubt I will even be able to get out of my neighborhood, much less the entire commute on ice.

Shoot me now.  Anyone else out there having to deal with extreme weather conditions today?

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Charleston Bling

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Race time 8:00am

Temp: 38

Wind speed: 18 mph

Felt like 26-28 degrees, or colder.

Course support: excellent

BQ?  No

Finish time: 3:47:58

Considering the weather conditions, I did the best I could today.  Sore tonight, but back home and relaxed, eating some well earned pizza.

Just wanted to share my results.  Full recap coming soon….