Six miles

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
— Lewis Carroll

I finally gave up and joined a gym today. Overpriced, but it’s a nice place, it’s right by my office, and I didn’t have to sign a contract or pay a huge signup fee to join. I was only planning on three or four miles, but I got caught up in something I was reading and wound up going six.

The nice thing was that the book completely covered the digital display, so I couldn’t tell how far I’d gone or how long I’d been running or how many calories I’d burned or what the incline was or anything else. All I could see was my pace, which I nudged up several times during the run, along with the incline (which, again, I couldn’t see … very helpful if you’re trying to get outside material limitations, which I am always trying to do, but never more than when I’m running).

At the moment, I’m trying to decide whether I’d rather go over to Jo-Ann Fabrics to get some material for some projects I want to do or head to Stroud for dinner at the Rock Cafe. I’m not really hungry right now, so I think I might just stay in Tulsa and devote my evening to shopping, reading, sewing, and puttering around the house.

Today is our anniversary. Ron had to work, so we celebrated yesterday instead by going to Van’s Pig Stand in Shawnee. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s actually vegetarian heaven: They serve something called a “Vanized Potato,” which is a twice-baked potato that’s about as wonderful as anything I’ve ever eaten, and a nice garden salad. I had a piece of ice-cream pie for dessert. It was nice. We took a different route home and saw some things we’d never seen before. Too bad I didn’t take the camera along….

The really exciting thing about today was that a guy from Harvest Solar and Wind Power came out and installed the inverter and the framework for our solar array. He’s going to put up the panels tomorrow, and PSO is supposed to be bringing us some contract to sign so we can get a new meter that will measure the energy we’re feeding back into the grid. What an anniversary present: After eight years, we’ve finally gotten everything lined up and begun the installation of a dream we’ve both had for decades. 🙂

I don’t remember whether I mentioned it before, but Ron has started a blog to document our adventures in alternative power. He let me pick the name: House of the Lifted Lorax. It’s a good blog. Go check it out.

And on that note, I’m outta here. I feel a creative outburst coming on, and I must acquire materials with which to indulge it….


Box score:
Miles run today: 6
Total miles: 19.1

Next scheduled run: Three miles after work tomorrow or Thursday.