Wednesday ‘Podge – Fall, new starts

1. Thursday (Oct 13) is National Train Your Brain Day. What do you do to keep your brain in tip top shape? Is it helping?

Hmm, I guess my brain isn’t too bad but I don’t have any tried and true solutions. I’ve accepted my memory loss and just make lists!

2. You can sit with anyone in the world and ‘pick their brain’…whom do you choose? Tell us why? 

Ben Shapiro. I know that sounds nuts but he’s super conservative and straight-laced and I kind of want to peel back his layers. And yes, I mean that exactly how you think. I want to know the regular guy inside the political ranter; know how he really thinks.

3. What’s something happening in the world (or your corner of it) right now that you have trouble ‘wrapping your brain around’? 

The split that the local Methodist church is going through. They are becoming a “new” church because they still believe that while everyone is welcome, scripture does not allow for LGBTQ people to be pastors, etc. Some in the church feel like they’re wrong for not accepting the new world we live in so they’re breaking apart. And I commend them for it because in this day and age, where the woke culture is pushing the boundaries, they are sticking true. I’m not even that religious, nor do I attend that church, but my son participates in the youth activities and at least I know where they stand!

4. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall in the pumpkin fanclub? (1=blech, 10=make it all pumpkin all the time) Tell us something delicious you’ve tasted recently that had some pumpkin in it somewhere.

When I first read this, I interpreted it as how much do I like pumpkins, the actual gourd itself, and my answer is a 10! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for them, though I cannot tell you why. As far as flavors go, I do enjoy the pumpkin cold foam at Starbucks and generally speaking, I enjoy the taste but I am not a basic white girl who must have it. Maybe let’s say a 5/6.

5. Share a favorite song, book, or movie with an autumn title, setting, or vibe. 

Hmm, I don’t think I have one right off the bat but I enjoy any media set during that time; I love the yellows and oranges and that meme you get right around this time about how fall trees show you have letting go can be good.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

In case you didn’t read my blog this week, two major things:

I finished 12.4 miles on Saturday in 2:20, which is not fast but for a hilly trail run? Yes. it was basically like hiking; some of those hills were a beating. I was so glad to be done with it, though it didn’t feel like torture. In fact, the race kind of went quickly, considering during training, I only got as far as 10 miles. I eked out the last 2.4 by sheer will. But now I feel pretty confident I can run 13.1 on the 29th; it’s on roads so I should be faster!

The other big piece of news is that I got a job! I am now an editor at the capitol in House Bill Drafting. Tallahassee is the center of Florida government so essentially, legislators propose bills, the ideas get written up by drafters, then sent to us, the editors, then it goes back up the chain until they get voted on. Pretty cool. It doesn’t pay as much as I’d like but it does have benefits, pto, and comp time, which is really where it’s at. During session, (roughly 3 months) I’ll work insane hours but if I accrue extra hours, they can be used throughout the year. I let TCC know yesterday so Friday is my last day tutoring and I will finish out my classes in December. The new job allowed for it, even. Pretty neat. I start on the 24th so for now, I am catching up around the house and getting my mind in the right place to go back to the M-F 8-5 grind!

19 thoughts on “Wednesday ‘Podge – Fall, new starts

  1. Wow! Congratulations on the job!! That’s so exciting! I never worked real hard at looking for editor’s jobs, though I probably could do it. Is that a partisan type job? Probably not, since bills aren’t all conservative, even in Florida!

    I am more of a non-denominational, anti-organized religion person but I was raised Methodist, and we took our kids there for a while to hear the Bible and all. I loved the minister then, but he left and I couldn’t take anyone who succeeded him. I wish peoples’ sexual orientation was a private thing completely. There isn’t a person sitting there who isn’t sinning in some way or other. (Still, the amount of diseases started worldwide in the gay community is unnerving and seems a message). But I don’t like to sit in judgment of other people or say my way is the only one.

    My daughter and his husband love Ben Shapiro! I also like him a lot and I belong to Daily Wire. I like that they are doing their entertainment things and I love Jordan Peterson who just joined them. Ben talks too fast. Candace Owens has slowed down a little; he should, too. Ha.

    You have a good governor down there. I prefer him for president. I hope he can put your state back together pronto. My brother lives most of the year in Naples, his boat in Tampa, and somehow avoided too big a calamity, but he won’t get down there until the 20th

    Cool on your runs. I’ll try not to lecture you on how other types of exercise would be better for your immune system! My kids dabble in it, too, and they ignore me, so feel free. 🙂

    1. The people who interviewed me made sure to say that they run the office in the most nonpartisan way they can, even though each person will see a bill come across that they think is absolutely insane. But I like that “fair” attempt anyway.

      I agree that people should just keep their stuff to themselves; I miss the old days when people minded their business. If I ask, that’s fine but stop flaunting yourself.

      Yes, I love Ben but do think he should slow it down. He can’t help himself. 🙂

      Love me some Ron! He’s so reasonable and doesn’t take anyone’s shit, which I appreciate. I hope that some day I will be bubbling in his name for president but for this November, just keep being my governor, please!

      I know that walking is better for immunity AND weight loss, I have found, but I just enjoy the heck out of running. Some day I am sure I will have to stop.

      1. What’s best is interval stuff. That HIIT I think they call it.. Fast and slow. On a bike or just running. Only takes about 15 minutes. Strength training twice a week at least and lots of walking or moving around a lot. Yoga for your mood. Running is bad for your immune system and your joints. But I DO know, even the little I did it, how intoxicating it can be. I get it. All exercise has that quality to it, partly the discipline, partly that your body gives off endorphins or something with long running (like eating spicy food, I think, pain is addictive). But the rest of exercise doesn’t have that quality to that extent. But I applaud your self discipline. It’s a great quality.

      2. Ha, I do agree that pain is addictive. Humans are weird. I did some HIIT stuff last training season: 30 seconds sprint, 90 seconds walk, repeat 8 times. It worked wonders for my sustained running speeds!

  2. Ha, very funny! I’ll bet it did! But really all you need is the HIIT and weights, some yoga for stretching and staying active. I’m sure one day that will be your deal. Pain is actually our friend in many ways. I always told my students and my kids that. Even depression. All pain works just like physical pain. Get your hand off that hot stove–it means something has to change. People just medicate themselves instead of dealing with it. Depression, especially in winter, is for introspection. Before my dad got really ill, before the last three years, we always went to Florida for a bit in Feb. or March. Need the SUN. But even though Dad has passed now, we are behind on some bills, so won’t make it down this year and it sounds a bit wild down there anyway.

    Well, be sure you get Rubio in there, too. I sent him some money. I’m not too worried about Ron. I sent it to Oz, Rubio, Walker (Democrats believe they can appeal to our sense of ethics which we have- when they have none–and get people to actually vote for someone who is into barbaric late term abortion and the rest of the woke garbage-please). Also sent it to Lee, Johnson, Vance. I’m short of money, but had to do it.

    Thank you Tulsi Gabbard!

    Ok, I’ll leave you to your day. Have a great one.

    1. Yes, I agree with all those folks and hope they manage to eke out wins. We’ll see. And yes, down here we do get our allotment of sun! The majority of the state is repairing after Ian but DeSantis seems to be keeping it together very well.

  3. Congratulations on the long run and what it took to get there, and the new job. It sounds so interesting. About the Methodist Church’s decision to take a stand against the more liberal one in the past. I believe it is up to the individual churches as to the belief they will follow. I applaud them and their leaders for supporting a Biblical worldview in this morally challenging time.

  4. Fantastic news! Congratulations on your new job and it sounds interesting too. Ben Shapiro would be a good chat, and now that I think of it Joe Rogan too.

  5. Wow! Good for you for finishing all those miles! Congratulations on the job, too! Ben Shapiro would be very interesting. He talks so fast! 🙂

  6. That job sounds very cool! Busy but cool.

    The Methodist Church thing happened in our local area about 20 years ago and the ones who left opened a Wesleyan Church. I’m glad they are sticking to their guns too, so to speak. Some of those issues really are complicated but if a church believes a certain way, it’s their right to stand by those beliefs, in my opinion.

    And Ben Shapiro…yeah..I want to know if he’s really a real person under all that fast talking and political ramblings. I also want to ask him if all his friendships with Christians has made him question if Jesus is the real Messiah or not.

    I see in your bio you are a metalhead. I am not, but my son is. Who are some of your favorite bands? He’s also a gamer and comic book fan. 🙂

    1. Agreed; I don’t even go to the Methodist church but at some point, you can’t just make stuff up. There are things that just…are. I listen to A LOT of metal so, hard to pinpoint. I love the old stuff like Judas Priest and Metallica but new stuff like Avatar, Ghost, Ice Nine Kills, and Slaughter to Prevail. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the 80s glam bands like Crue and Leppard.

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