Bonus holiday weekend for those of us who carry two passports! Friday was Canada Day. Yes, I know Canadians aren’t typified as flag-waving, fireworks blasting patriotic like Americans, but in our hearts, we’re absolutely fervent about our homeland. I always wear a maple leaf on July 1st and wish I was home – but I know that the party north of the border is nothing like the party in the lower 48 three days later.

Today, the 4th, G and I both ran the Peachtree Road Race, 10km of hell on a muggy, hot morning in hilly Atlanta. G has been training hard and has lost over 30 pounds since we both went on Naturally Slim in January (I’m still stuck at down 20). They say a good runner can beat their age on a 10k, and he beat his by almost 9 minutes … He was finished before I even started!

One of those nasty hills. It looks deceptively easy and flat. In 84 degree temperatures, it’s not fun.
I look awfully chipper after 10km!

My race result was no where near my age. It was hot – really hot. (Hot enough that race organizers changed the orange warning sign to red just before I started. Red means slow down, and drink a lot of water.) Race organizers allocate a starting corral based on previous race results. The slower you are, the later you start the race. So by the time I went out there was no respite from the blazing July sun. I wound up walking the hills (many long hills) so my time was lousy. A woman I work with passed out just past the finish, and had I not found a stand of trees and bottle of Powerade I think I may have joined her.

But it’s done for another year. Good calorie burn and I will sleep like the dead tonight!

 

Countdown to Move!

So we’re moving in about 5 weeks! And for the first time in almost 20 years we’re moving ourselves instead of doing a corporate move. Corporate moves are easy.  A nice bunch of people pack all of your stuff while you drink coffee and supervise.  Then the next day some really big people come and load everything on a truck  and carry it to your new house where they unload the truck, placing everything just where you want it (even moving sofas when you change your mind about which direction it should face). The following day a whole new group of nice people come and unpack everything, haul out the paper and boxes and leave you to just put everything away. Sometimes there are surprises, like the full bin of stinky trash that was neatly packed and stored in a semi-trailer for 5 days in the heat of summer.

 

So far it appears that this move project is truly demonstrating the value of undertaking the KonMarie last year. We have much less stuff to pack, and there are really only a couple of closets where I’ve opened the doors and wanted to throw things out. And in those cases, it’s been easy for me to quickly discard things (or send them to Goodwill).

Photographs and Memories

Earlier this weekend I dove into photos. This is the primary Marie Kondo challenge that I did not complete previously, and after about six hours of sorting, I still don’t know if it’s done. Things are better organized, and I did throw out about 500 photos (mostly duplicate prints – remember those?), but there are still many albums and 2 sizable boxes of printed pictures and negatives. I was ready to toss a lot more, but then I thought that the seemingly inconsequential pictures may bring a smile to our faces when we’re older, or maybe when one of us has a failing memory. That’s worth the additional space needed for storage. Going forward, I’m going to have albums made from digital prints. Just pick them out and send them off. Any one have experience with this type of service?

A big toss was the wedding album from the first disastrous marriage so many years ago. Don’t know why I kept it, but maybe it was that there are no other pictures where I look that good. Have you kept photos from your youth just because they show you at your youngest and sweetest, even if they’re from an unhappy occasion?

Happy Belated Canada Day to the Canadians!

Fire up the grill and Happy 4th to the Americans!

 

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