Monday, January 23, 2012

Productivity: It's What's For the Weekend.

It is amazing what a good night's sleep or two can do. 

Last Friday I had my annual at the doctor's and we went over all the exciting life events I've had over the past few months.  Long story short, I got a new prescription sleep aid.  It apparently began as an antidepressant with a muscle relaxer component but it sucked because it made people too sleepy to function.  Doctors have been prescribing it as an off-label remedy for insomnia and now it's been re-released specifically for insomnia. 

You learn something new every time here at CilleyLand, don't you?

Anyhow, it works fabulously when I don't have to go to work the next day.  When I do have to go to work -- i.e., as when my stress level rises because of unresolved issues at the office -- not so much.  It gets me about halfway there but I still need something extra to fall asleep. 

But finally being able to sleep Friday and Saturday nights left me full of productivity.  Just look at what I accomplished this weekend:
  • Ran a 5K race.
  • Had a post-race breakfast with friends.
  • Got my car serviced (long overdue, it's a very happy car now).
  • Went to the library.
  • Returned my recyclables ($12.50 back in bottle deposits!).
  • Did the grocery shopping.
  • Did all the laundry (and put it away that same day, a bonus).
  • Cleaned the kitchen.
  • Made pulled pork in the crock pot.
  • Recycled all the newspapers.
  • Sorted through all of the miscellaneous papers, the stuff you get in race packets and swag bags, recipes, etc., piled up on the kitchen table.
  • Made deviled eggs (and sadly used a little too much mayo/mustard so they weren't very good).
  • Made my lunch for Monday.
  • Repotted all the houseplants.
  • Figured out why my jasmine plant keeps drowning (didn't punch out the drainage holes in the pot), fixed the pot and repotted the plant.
  • Cleaned the deck.
  • And let's not forget I watched some TV.
Doesn't that make you exhausted?  It does me!

We lucked out on weather for Saturday's Resolution Run 5K.  After being flooded out of the original venue and moving the race to Cook Park -- my nemesis course, as you all well know -- Saturday morning was (mostly) dry and beautiful.  Still overcast and I got rained on a teensy bit about two minutes from the finish, but otherwise perfect running weather.  And despite it being my nemesis course, and with a wicked case of PMS (which meant sore boobies at the start of the run), I finished in 0:43:04.  Not bad considering I've run once since the end of October.  My fastest 5K time in 2011 was 0:40:22 and my 5K PR is from April 2010 at 0:37:09.  In January 2011 my 5K time was 0:41:46 (coming off probably a two month running hiatus) and in January 2010 it was 0:39:49.

Hey!  Just learned that I placed in second in my age/gender group for this race.  Out of four other women my age.  I think I should've gotten a medal for that.  By the way, did I mention earlier that everyone who participated in this race got a medal just for doing it?  (Actually, just for picking up your packet but we'll downplay that part.)  I need to get a medal hanger soon....

They got a great photo of me at Saturday's race.  And I'm going to post it here because it's a great photo of a horrible me.

I believe my ferret has turned into a young anaconda.  I weighed in this morning at 204.4 lbs, which is the most I have ever seen on the scale.   Compare this photo to this one taken in August 2009:

Or this one from August 2010:

Since then, however, I have swelled.  It is sad.  Perhaps the young anaconda ate the ferret?

I do have a plan in place to turn the anaconda back into a ferret (ooh, regurgitated ferret) and then into a field mouse.  Stay tuned...

the CilleyGirl


  1. You can and will do it! Hey - if I can lose 4 pounds (not even sure how I did actually) then you can lose some, too!

    (I didn't know pots had drainage holes you punch out -- see, that's something else I learned here today!)

  2. Of course you can do it!

    I wish my weekends were that productive as well!