Still Can’t Figure Out Why It’s Called The Great Dismal Swamp

For a good ten minutes now, I have been searching for any information on the Great Dismal Swamp.  I’ve read histories and tales of it’s geography – including that it used to be under the sea.  I’ve learned of it’s link to the Underground Railroad and George Washington’s vision of a man made canal that would link the Chesapeake Bay to the Albemarle Sound.  I cannot – for the life of me – find a history of it’s name.  So if anyone is so enlightened, please let me know.  I find the name a tad oxymoronic since it was not dismal at all when I went yesterday.

But that was yesterday, and today is another day.  I know that I need to go to the gym and do other exercises (namely strength training).  The problem??  I find it phenomenally boring, probably because it’s so repetitive.  I am convinced I would enjoy it (or at least stick with it), if I had a partner.  Alas, none such person exists, so I have to attempt to make myself go.  I actually packed my gym bag last night in an attempt to remove any excuses.  It worked, but I still dreaded it.

We had some crazy storms today, so I was pretty sure I’d have to do my first treadmill workout of the season.  It’s funny how I used to pretty much only run on one, but since this training program started, I really dislike the idea of running inside.  Alas, it was probably the easiest 3 miles I’ve done in months 🙂  I guess it helps when the road moves underneath you at a designated speed.  It felt like cheating.  I did, however, NOT run enough to finish my audiobook, so still no confirmation that I’m right about who the real bad guy is.  And Robert can’t possibly actually be dead – and I know this since I read the sequel already and he’s in it.

Before I ran, I did do some strength training – but admittedly bailed when I just couldn’t take the repetition anymore (get it???  It was boring…but you’re supposed to do ‘reps’….).  Instead I signed up to meet with a trainer at 615 Friday MORNING.  Here’s hoping I actually go!  The thought of morning exercise isn’t fun – especially on a work day.  But I will try…

It was a crazy-busy day at work today.  I had meetings scheduled from 8am until 4pm, with only about a 15 minute break at all.  I brought my lunch, which was a soup and salad thingy, with an apple for a snack.  Breakfast was a smoothie (yeah, warm enough weather where I can actually enjoy some frozen goodness).  After my workout I treated myself to another smoothie (this time purchased instead of made).  Dinner was a black bean wrap and popcorn (it’s a food group).

Tomorrow is hopefully going to be a good day.  I only have one meeting – but it’s 2 1/2 hrs long.  I have it every Tuesday, and usually isn’t that bad.  Otherwise, my calendar is clear, which means I may actually get some real work done.  Oh, and lunch with D, which is my favorite part.

So now I’m going to check some work emails, maybe read (if I can steal my Kindle back from my husband), and possibly watch a show and start knocking them off.  I’m caught up on White Colllar, which I may have announced in a previous post.  We started watching Stargate last night (I think), but I fell asleep.  That was after Project Runway, which I remember, so I must have stayed awake for it.  I’m hoping for a stress-free week…but am pretty sure that’ll never happen.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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