Friday, November 19, 2010


For the entire month of November I have been doing a daily Facebook status update starting with:

Today I am thankful for

I wish I could say it was an original idea, but alas I stole it from one of my Facebook friends.  It's been an interesting exercise and while I do know that I have many, many things to be thankful for it is surprising that sometimes I really need to think about it.  I want it to be somewhat meaningful, thought provoking and fun.  Amanda at Run to the Finish Daily does a daily Gratitude Journal, go check it out.  I know I need to spend more time expressing gratitude.

I'm sitting here tonight eating croutons out of the bag, making turkey soup from the carcass of the turkey I cooked for today's office potluck, trying to rebuild one of the kids laptops, reading blogs and stalking people on Facebook - what an exciting Friday night!  My husband has been out of town all week and he flies in later tonight so I will be trekking to the airport in a few hours.

I have 13-14 miles on tap for tomorrow morning; it is predicted to be about 38 degrees and raining tomorrow morning; oh boy!  But, it gets better; we'll be heading to Corvallis (about 80 miles South) for the Oregon State versus USC Football game, which starts at 5:00 p.m. another cold and wet outdoor activity. 

On Wednesday evening I was fortunate to get the opportunity to hear Dean Karnazes speak; wow, what an inspiring individual and pretty much a total freak of nature in terms of what his body allows him to do.  The next two items on his agenda are:

1.  Running across the entire US on trails
2.  Running a race (I forget if it was a marathon) in all 204 (two hundred and four) COUNTRIES

Can you believe it?  I read his Ultramaraton Man book quite some time ago and would highly recommend it.  Now I'm not quite a cool as Beth who actually got to run with Dean in Colorado, but I thoroughly enjoyed the evening anyway :-)  If he comes to your area take the time and listen to him speak; he really is remarkable.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I can't believe today's weather! Good luck on your 13-14 mile run this morning. And good luck to those Beavers! Hopefully they bounce back this week.

  2. My daughter has already picked out her clothing for WHEN it snows (not if it snows...WHEN).

    I love hear people's gratitude journals (like Amanda's) and just people being grateful in general. I think it's too easy to get caught up in ourselves and not realize just how fortunate we really are.
    Keeping a daily gratitude journal has really helped me in the past.

    I hope had a wonderful homecoming with the husband :-)

  3. I loved Dean's books! What a great opportunity to hear him speak!

  4. What a pathetic Friday night. Ha.
    Yeah mine aren't any better.
    That 38 degree run sounds fantastic, I hope you enjoyed every mile.
    As far as Dean, wow, he is one crazy guy, I can't imagine the energy he brings when he speaks. You're so lucky! I saw that Stan Lee Superhumans clip that Dean posted on FB, very cool.
    But from the looks of it, in terms of being busy, I'd say you're a close 2nd to him.

  5. Did you survive the "dreadmill" (if tap means tapis-roulant)? I hope yes oh my superhero!

  6. how fun to hear him speak! he is remarkable...i don't even know how he dreams up all the stuff he ends up doing.

  7. Hi Kathy,
    I need to start thinking more about all of the things I should be grateful for. I love Amanda's idea and she always has such great things on her list:)

    I hope that your 14 miler went well:)

    I am also putting together Stefano's virtual race report. Mine will not be up until later tonight.

    Take care Kathy!