You’re Not You: Film & Novel Review

Hey everyone!

Hope you survived your Thanksgiving and didn’t get trampled on while doing some Black Friday shopping…and enjoyed the Seahawks vs 49ers if you’re into that (I was reading…more on that). I just got back not too long ago doing some shopping with my sister and mom. I didn’t get to run yesterday as planned, but as I’ve discovered over the years of being with my boyfriend, family plans change…usually last minute and last minute was 10:30pm the night before. Oh well. I’m really really glad we got to be with his family the morning of because boyfriend worked that night (along with my papa). I spent the night with my mom and papa (who had to sprint off to work). Day well spent. Even the warmest Turkey day in 130 years. Crraazzzy! I’m just glad we didn’t get 6 ft of snow like Buffalo, NY did!

So anywho, as I mentioned, I was reading during the big game. I only had 10% of my book left and I wanted to finish it darn it! The book was called “You’re Not You” and is by Michelle Wildgen. I started reading the book after I saw the trailer that featured Hilary Swank and thought I’d give the book a shot and then watch the movie online. For those who aren’t up to date with your movie trailers or haven’t heard of the book, you can find it easily on wiki or youTube. To give a general plot, the story follows Bec (played by Emmy Rossum) who because a caregiver for Kate (Hilary Swank) who has Lou Gehrig (ALS) disease. Josh Duhamel plays Evan, Kate’s husband. The story follows how the two gals get along and, as wiki puts it, brings out the best in each other.


I know, I know. I’ve been absolutely terrible about updating. My running days have been rough. I’m nursing a knee injury that I’d rather take care of and not have come back. I managed to knock off 12 minutes off my 10K PR though in a race about a month ago! I was very excited about that.

Anywho, this post is not about running. It’s about something I learned at work. I have been developing an application that spits out a filled Word document. Not only that, I had a template I wanted to use as well. What to do? Enter PHPWord. It’s a PHP class that allows you to create brand new Word documents, use a template, add images. All this without having to open Microsoft Word. The zip file from Github has a gazillion examples. The issue I was having was trying to add an image to the template. I ran into this StackOverflow form post. If you add the code they provide to the Template.php, this gives you the ability to replace an image placeholder in the document. They even give you this code bit on how to use it:

Fall Running

Ahhh fall. Fall comes as a relief for most runners. No more getting up at dawn to get in your long runs on the weekend. Usually anyway.

I don’t mind fall really. The only things I don’t like about fall are shorter days and the fact that winter is right on it’s heels. I am not a winter person. I like running in the fall. All but one thing: the bugs come out in numbers.

PHP Image Resizing on the fly

Hey everyone!

For the life of me, I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but I started a new job! I’m a week and a half into it and really enjoying it. It’s a little different than what I was doing before. I was more Front End Developer. Now I’m much more Back End. Getting my hands dirty with OOP PHP and mySQL. It’s been really tough, but I am stepping up to the challenge. The company is very supportive and much (much) bigger. I’m surrounded with a bunch of other geeks (aka developers).

Portland Marathon Recap

I meant to post the recap earlier, but after Portland, I was pooped. My body recovered pretty fast, but I was just tired. Plus I started my new job Wednesday. …and my boyfriend is being grumpy and moody which sets off my mood. *sighs* So it’s been fun. To sum it up, it’s done. We conquered. We didn’t do it without some bumps though.

The day or so leading up to the race was kind of uneventful. My dad and my sister’s husband had fun with happy hour a couple of nights but that was it really. I kept a close eye on the forecast. Unlike last time I did Portland, the day was supposed to be hot. And I mean HOT. I was more concerned for my sister and a friend of my sister’s. They don’t care for the heat so much. I don’t usually mind it too much. It was supposed to be 81 dg. Turns out that I should have been concerned but it wasn’t for my sister. The heat affected me the most.

Countdown to Portland & other things….

Well this is it. Portland MarathonThe countdown is clicking! We leave for Portland tomorrow. As we are getting close, even I’m getting a little nervous. Not for me, but for my sister. Unlike last time for me and Portland, the weather is anticipated to be sunny and warm with a high of 81. Whhhiicchhh is making me a weeee bit nervous. I’m only hoping that it being 81 in October is a little bit different than it being 81 in say July. Ohh lordy.

Marathon Weeks 9 – 11

I know. I know. I have been absolutely horrible at updating the last few weeks. I’ll be honest, the last runs were not as exciting as I felt they should be. Plus I’ve been busy. Busy up the ying yang. As of today though, long distance training is complete and I think it’s about time for Tink to go into running hibernation (again) after Portland. She’s pooped. She might have pulled something in her foot. I want to sleep in (I’m used to running every week so the running weekly hasn’t gotten to me like it has her). Lastly, I miss my boyfriend (him and I have opposite work schedules so the weekends seem to be the only days I get to see him). Alright. Here’s the recap.

Marathon Week 8 Recap!

Today concluded week 8 of training! 🙂 After last week’s run, Tink was not looking forward to this week.


She was very much dreading it. Being the good sister I am, I got her out the door. Without having to drag her actually.

This run definitely helped heal her bruised ego. We knocked off 10 minutes off our previous 16 mile run which felt strong for both of us previously (I thought it was 20 at first but that was going off memory–whoops). Today was another new route. I winged it and came to within .5 of the 16 we had to do so we ran around the block again. I’m getting pretty good on judging distances. While running, just assume the worst and expect that what you think is a mile is more like .5 of a mile. It’s worked so far.

Marathon Thoughts

Alright, alright. I know I talk a lot about running and that probably appears all that I do. Well you wouldn’t be too far off. That’s the problem with taking on a big training schedule. It’s what you do, eat, drink, sleep. Ironman athletes do this for 8 months or so. They don’t regret it, of course, but damn! I’m good with a 12 week training program.

Anywho, this Sunday will mark 6 weeks until Portland Marathon. That also means we will be 50% done with our training. As I was laying out on the bed earlier, exhausted and just showered, I realized that this training isn’t as hard as it was the first time around. I’m not absolutely dreading the long distances and I feel stronger (still hate waking up bloody early though). Last time, however, I was doing this on my own.

Overall recap & Marathon training week 4 & 5

Sorry it’s been a bit. This last week has been crazy. August has always been a pretty busy (and expensive) month for me. Tons and tons of birthdays! 3 of my favorite people have birthdays this month. My boyfriend’s was this last Monday; one of my best friend’s birthday is today; my sister’s is Sunday. Bam, bam, bam. Because my dad works this weekend, we celebrated my sister’s birthday a week before out at the lake. Soooo how did we get our distance running in for the marathon? By doing it out at the lake. Duh. And since my sister’s birthday is on the weekend, we got it done early so she can relax. In fact, I took the day off and did it today. Actually, I took most of the week off.