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DoL (Down On Luck?)

27 Jun

Just the employees?

seattle freeway better colorIs this primarily a Washington thing (I refuse to add of state, I think D.C. should go by just that to reduce confusion) or do other states have different offices for licensing and vehicles?  I don’t know if it’s better or worse as a system, but I was sure confused when I got to Seattle and DMV is not listed anywhere, and I didn’t know the story, so I wasn’t sure where to go for what. . .

This morning while I was cleaning work at 4-ish it just occurred to me my license might be expiring on my birthday next week.  Sure enough when I checked that was the case.  Usually, having Independance day so close to my birthday is a good thing–especially when it falls on a weekend.  In this case it gave me just today, Saturday AM (NO, NO WAY), Tuesday (which is out because of my TBA time on the presentation), and Wednesday morning.  Because of course the DoL is closed on Mondays.  So despite wanting to really stay home to buckle down on my projects/essays/notes–and because it’s pouring rain and I’ve already been drenched twice in the last 24 hrs.

You can renew online though, so I happily, with much gratitude, started filling out the form.  Only to realize Auntie’s Seattle address was still on my card.  And you can’t change your address online.  Which I don’t know why, because they didn’t have me show them any proof of address or sign anything.  But it meant I had to go, and I had to go today.  Friday, when 3/4 of the city seem to get the afternoon off.

Hate!evil Barbie

I brought the book I’m trying to finish, trying to be thankful for uninterrupted, guilt-free reading time, but it’s super-hard not to get impatient.  First the old dude in the chair behind me was really shifty in his seat, and it made my seat move everytime he did.  So eventually I got up and moved to a chair without someone behind it.  But people started pouring in the door around noon, and soon every chair was filled.  Even though I was only 12 numbers from the current number when I arrived it still took about an hour to get up to the line.  And that took 2 minutes.  Pointless.  I really don’t understand why the government can’t utilize the internet more for these things!

Finally my number was called and the guy said “How are you?”  Then immediately regretting that said you have to be careful asking that in this place–true, for sure!  The whole thing (once I got out of line) took 2 minutes, and required no verifications.  Then I had to wait in a new line to get my pic snapped.

As I was waiting some Spokompton-typical gal sat next to me.  45+, tired and bitter looking, unshowered, smelled of upset Tommycigarette smoke and unwashed (uncombed) hair.  Maybe she thought she was at the DSHS.  I ignored her–same way I ignored the guy moving my chair, the people who thought it was a good idea to bring 5 screaming, running toddlers, and the sorostitutes talking loudly on their Apple devices.

The dude called “Lavrel Lay” which sounds close enough to my name.  There are not a lot of people with my first name, and many butcher my last name so I answer to approximations.  I stood up, and 2 minutes later the scrubbin gal confrontationally got in my face and was all, “Is YOUR name Lavrel Lay?”  And I was like, “umm, kinda.”  The guy looked at his list and said, “Lavrel?”  You’re next, I have Laura Lay up first, but wait here.  He had combined my first name with her last and our names were fairly close to begin with.  It would have been funny if she weren’t icky and a D-bag.

oral surgery 005I had actually fixed my hair, worn my beautiful beadwork barette, and curled my eyelashes so Walla Walla 30th 010I think my picture will look a lot better then the tired version on my Seattle card.  I had to run all over the city (not easy with that traffic), fight to collect the proper documents, and wait in 4+ hour lines so I looked worn down.  But today looked better.  It’s just too bad I have to start the process all over in one year when I move to a new state :-{

I Don’t Hate the Treadmill

6 May

And that’s not sarcasm either.  Most people loathe the treadmill, but I really appreciate mine.  It’s nothing fancy, just something I got on the cheap from Craigslist.  It was probably built in the 1980s based on the wood paneling and no arm holds–that took some getting used to.  But it has multiple speeds (who in the world uses 26!!!!) and incline from 1 to 15, as well as programs, intervals, and a calorie-counter.  It’s everything I need.  Though I think a fan and i-pod port and heart rate monitor wouldn’t be the worst features to have.

I actually wanted to write this post on April 11, because that was the ONE HUNDRED DAYS IN-A-ROW of treadmilling at least one mile first thing in the morning.  Which I am very proud of because it wasn’t always easy finding motivation, changing my lifestyle, and working it in despite long, early days at work and exam schedules.  But I did it!  Cool did it too.  So today is day 125 in a  row I think, but it’s my technical first day of summer break so I think it’s still appropriate.

Pagosa Springs winter hike

I love the treadmill because I’m a fair-weather runner.  I ONLY run if it’s 60 degrees F or more, and prefer no rain/snow.  Living in Washington, those days are few and far between.  I also like my treadmill because I don’t have to get ready, look presentable, or take the time to get anywhere.  I can roll out of bed, put on mismatched clothes, maybe even spandex, which I am horribly against (in public) and step onto the treadmill with uncombed hair and unbrushed teeth.  And no one knows but me, Cool, and the cats.  Thirdly, I think it’s great because I can listen to music (or even watch TV!)without cord control issues, which constantly bother me on the track.  Fourth, since I’m in my own house, I never have to wait for a machine, abort running plans because some class or sport has dibs on the facilities, or deal with other people’s lack of consideration (running in my lane on the track, leaving sweat on the gym treadmill.)  AND lastly, I like that I can keep an eye on all my stats, control my pace, and be constantly apprised of my progress on the treadmill.

Some people get bored on the treadmill, but I never do.  I try to vary my workouts.  For example:

-one day I’ll do speed and try to do the mile as fast as my feet will carry me.  During this I might focus on form, breathing, mental strength, or try to ignore the distance all-together.

-another day I might try walk/run.  Go to a speed higher then I’m comfortable, then walk for less time then I’m comfortable.  Right now, I do 9-9.5 speed, then try to walk no more then 40 sec on 3-3.5 speed.  Over and over until the mile is finished.

-I might do descending incline, with or without ascending speed.  I’ll start at incline of 15 and say, speed of 4.0.  Then every 30 sec I increase speed by half, and every minute I’ll decrease incline by one.  So it looks like:

18 min = incline 14, speed 5.0

17:30 = incline 14, speed 5.5

17 min = incline 13, speed 6.0

16:30 = incline 13, speed 6.5

16 min = incline 12, speed 7.0

You get the idea.  And you see how HARD 7.5 might be at an incline of 12!

-Some days I try for endurance.  Where I run half a speed higher then my comfortable pace and try to maintain that over the whole mile.

-Then, on about 2 days of the week, I do “strength” treadmilling, where I slow down to a speed of 1-ish, and do lunges +/- weights.  This is SUPER hard, if you lunge it out for 1.5 minutes, then try to run immediately at a 4+ speed, then go right back into lunges.  It burns!  I also turn to the side so my cheek is facing the control panel of the treadmill.  And on incline of 15 I do side-shuffles (like in volleyball).  I stay facing the side and do grapevines up the incline.  So it’s slow, but works on a lot of lower body musicles (and upper body if I use 5 lb weights simultaneously.

You can see there’s just an unlimited amount of combinations that can be done, so the only reason to get bored is mental weakness.  If you think treadmilling is somehow a lowly form of running, then I guess you’ll be bored and hate it.  Here’s some more workouts I’m going to try now that it’s summer:

5:00 segment2:00 pace3:00 pace0 – 5:006.7 (8:57)7.2 (8:20)5:00 – 10:006.8 7.3 10:00 – 15:006.97.415:00 – 20:006.87.320:00 – 25:006.97.425:00 – 30:007.0 (8:34)7.5 (8:00)30:00 – 35:006.97.435:00 – 40:007.07.540:00 – 45:007.17.645:00 – 50:007.07.550:00 – 55:007.17.655:00 – 60:007.2 (8:20)7.7 (7:48)1 hourAverage:~8:20

5:00 segment 2:00 pace 3:00 pace
0 – 5:00 6.7 (8:57) 7.2 (8:20)
5:00 – 10:00 6.9 7.4
10:00 – 15:00 7.1 7.6
15:00 – 20:00 7.3 7.8
20:00 – 25:00 7.5 8.0
25:00 – 30:00 7.7 (7:48) 8.2 (7:19)
30:00 – 35:00 7.9 8.4
35:00 – 40:00 8.1 8.6
40:00 – 45:00 8.3 8.8
45:00 – 50:00 8.5 9.0
50:00 – 55:00 8.7 9.2
55:00 – 60:00 8.9 (6:44) 9.4 (6:28)
1 hour Average: ~7:25
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Meh. I’m Tired

22 Jun

Sometimes I’m brimming with ideas–and sometimes I can’t think of a thing that would be interesting to say. I think it has to do with my level of tiredness levels. And work.

Well, work was really frustrating on Friday, and very busy today. Cool is really working on her divorce. Finally. Which is good, but extremely (there is no accurate descriptive word for how much!) annoying to deal with her ex, Monostat.  This nickname, is case you’ve never heard it, is similar to my ex, Douche.  Both are red heads, both, fat, both ugly outside & in, both trouble–both regrets.

I could go on and on about the annoying details of just how horribly ANNOYING orchestrating this divorce paperwork was, as there are many dumb things that went on, but I think this post would just turn into a string of swearing. So just know it’s been a frustrating week and I’m tired.

But it’s looking slightly less cloudy today, is not raining at all, and I’m motivated to organize the yard sale, run, read/outline my textbooks, and Wii. It will be a good and productive week!  I’ve got this.  I’m ready!  I’m this-close to my dirty-30.  That’s the big 3-0 people, exciting stuff.