I'm still here. Lots has happened since my last update.
I am still working for the State of Minnesota, awaiting my layoff notice tomorrow. The (Republican) legislature and the (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) governor could not agree on how to balance the $5.028billion budget shortfall by the end of the legislative session in May, and if there is no agreement by June 30, we have no budget, and the government will shutdown. All signs point to a protracted shutdown, of 6-8 weeks. It'll be nice to have the time, but I'd rather be working and making money. :)
Also: we got a doggie at the end of March! Her name is Jetta, and she's half Black Lab and half Australian Shepherd. Very smart, very stubborn, very active, very cute.
This is my first time owning a dog, previously only having cats, so the needs of a dog have been an adjustment, but she's successfully completed Obedience 1, and is is Obedience 2 now. She'll do -anything- for a treat. :)
Sean transitioned into a new position at his employer as of April 1. It's hard to create your own position, but he's doing it, and, by and large, he's really happy with it. I'm glad that he's happy. He's still working on his instrument rating for his pilot's license. Sounds like his training's going well and he's going to work on studying for his written exam so that he can schedule a checkride!
I had gained about 11 pounds from 1/1/11 through the end March when we got Jetta. I was back up to 168 lbs and feeling pretty crappy. The hip injury I had when I ran my 10K wasn't getting better and I stopped exercising at all. Well, the anxiety of my first month with the dog meant I lost that 11 pounds in that month, and I'm down a couple more since then. I went shopping last week at Kohl's and bought a pair of size 10 Levi's jeans and blouses for work in size M! What a great feeling!
I also made another decision - I'm back in school! I have just this week started my first course to get my second Bachelor's degree in Health Information Administration through Stephens College (online) in Columbia, MO. It seems like a way to get into an allied health field and still use some of the skills and experience I have in business/accounting. Hoping to complete the degree in 3 years or less. I'll be working full-time here at the state of MN until I have my new degree (except for the shutdown of course).
And the other awesome thing I did recently: Completed the Minneapolis Half-Marathon on Sunday! I wanted to (a) just finish the race (b) in the course-allotted time of 3 hours, 30 minutes. I had a side stretch goal of 3 hours, 10 minutes. I stayed with the 3-hour pacers through mile 7 and was able to racewalk most of the rest of the race to finish in 3 hours, 3 minutes, 39 seconds! I am still riding the high from that race. I never hit a wall. I had a fabulous time out there, and I'm looking at signing up for another half-marathon in Maine on October 2, to celebrate my last day of being 36.
My next scheduled race is the Minneapolis Duathlon on August 29. 5k run, 18 mile bike, 5k run. Need to get my butt used to my bike! Which means I need to fix the flat tire the bike got last week. There's always something. Though the top tube length of my bike is still a little long, so I may need to get a new bike. Bike shops fit bikes to my legs, and it means my short little arms can't reach the handlebars as comfortably as I'd like. I have about 12 weeks to the duathlon, so if I'm going to get a new bike, I need to get one this week.
I'm trying to get back to the SP tracking wagon, since I still have more weight to lose. I snack a lot less now that we have the dog (I eat at the dining room table now), but I need to track for nutrition and make better choices.
I have missed you all, and I am looking forward to catching up a little, as my schedule allows.