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Sooo... Sunday's race. It was awesome! I was so excited before the race, I couldn't stand still. I found my group before the start, and we deciced that our goal was to finish the race and not worry about time. But when they gave the signal for the start, something happened, and all of a sudden, I was determined to finish it under 35 minutes.

Since it was the St Patrick Day's Race, there were people dressed in green (green shirts, or green hat, or whatever else). It was fun, and everybody seemed to be in a good mood.

The start was a little chaotic, because the runners and walkers started that the same time (a mistake, imo: they should have the runners start before the walkers), but I ran on the side and managed to pass most of them. 500m into the race, I was able to settle in a nice rythm.

In the last kilometer, there was a hill, which nearly killed me (I really need to do some hill training - it's part of the program of the next clinic anyway). I started walking, and someone from my group passed me and told me that we were almost there - it gave me the push I needed, and I started running again. When I finally saw the finish line, I got so excited I almost got sick - and I had the biggest smile on my face!

After the race, I was ready to collapse. I waited for my group, we were all thrilled, and we went for brunch. We chatted and laughed... it was great!

I've had the official results yesterday: I ran the 5k in 31'32", which I'm really happy with. In the women 30-39 category, I was 19th out of 78. Overall, I was #98, out of 341 runners. In the first third, hurray!

My goal for the next 5K: under 30 minutes *determined*
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This morning, I was race marshall at the Hypothermia half-marathon! (I was supposed to be at the water station but they changed that) I was teamed with three other persons, and our job was to wear orange vests, point the runners in the right direction, and cheer them along. From 8 until noon. From -20°C to -10°C. And guess what? I had a great time! Sure, there were moments when I could not feel my toes, but there were four of us on this intersection, that way if we needed to take a break and go warm up in the car, we could. We were on an intersection at the beginning of the loop, and the runners were running it twice. Basically, we got to see each runner four times. There were three different groups (departing at 8, 9 and 10 a.m.).

We cheered, directed traffic, and the likes. It was cool to see the smile on the runners' face when they were tired and we cheered. Some thanked us, some high fived, some joked around... It was all good fun. The people responsible for the volunteers brought us hot cocoa a couple of times. One of the volunteers went to pick up Starbucks for the four of us. The sky was clear blue, sunny, and windy.

I should be doing it again in two weeks (this time, I'll wear better gloves, and a second pair of socks - and don't ask me why, but it's the second edition of the Hypothermia half-marathon... It's impressive to see how many of them are running these things). And seeing these people (every age, every shape) running a half-marathon (each of them had a different reason - one middle aged woman had apparently been dragged by her daughter and was cursing and wondering why she had agreed to do that, but the big grin on her face told a different story), all of them at different speed, I decided to register for the 10km race on St Patrick's Day. Technically, since I am in the "learn to run" group, I should be going for the 5 km, but I already run 5k on my own, so there's no challenge, you know? When I was in New Zealand, I speed walked a 10k race, so I know I can run it. And even if I can't run the whole way, I'll alternate walking and running and I'll cross the finish line. So there it is, I'll go and register this afternoon (I hope the tee-shirt will be cool - shallow of me to say so, I agree lol).

ETA: Registration: done \o/
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People are odd in Canada. And since I live here now, well, I've joined the crowd in the hunt for those.

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Forget seeing a moose, this is THE item of the season! But try as I might, I can't seem to find those red mittens anywhere. They're sold out! I've been looking for them for weeks now. Even on line it's hard to get - the official stores all announce that they are sold out. To think I wanted to bring some back for the family... *snif*

This morning, at 10 a.m., I called the store to see if they had received any. They had. Just this morning. I rushed to the shower, then took the LRT (our "subway" - it has only one line) to the store. I arrived at 10:40. They were sold out! Four other persons were looking for them - and whenever we saw someone with The Red Mittens in line to the cashiers, all we could say was "well, good for you, I'm glad you got some! I'll have better luck next time." (I'm not kidding, I heard people say this today to total strangers over mittens - I love the politeness of it).

If you think I'm overreacting to the shortage of red mittens, I'm not! Yesterday, the Globe and Mail (national newspaper) ran an article about this craze: Red mitten fever has gone national: "Canadians are smitten with mittens. Specifically, those ubiquitous red Olympic mittens that, not so long ago, seemed to be everywhere. Now, they are virtually sold out from coast to coast.

"The toasty hand-wear, costing just $10, has become the "it" gift for Christmas, bigger than Beanie Babies. At the Bay and Zellers stores across the country where the mittens are marketed, most days you can't snare a pair for love or money."


And call me crazy, but living in a country that can be so politely excited over mittens? *is in love*
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Can't sleep, therefore watched this week's Supernatural (it's the first season for which I'm not weeks behind y'all), and I have a question: spoilers for 3x15, no spoiler for next week's finale, don't worryCollapse )
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help! I was dozing in front of a video on my computer when there was a glitch and bam! the sound went off and the appearance was all distorted.

pictures of the disaster under the cutCollapse )

How on earth did that happen, and how do I fix it? (I already tried rebooting, which usually works when the sound is off, but it didn't work for either problem this time). The weird thing is that the Eric Bana picture on my desktop does not look weird, but when I open a video file it does (looks distorted, I mean - it looks like they're all crouching or something *shakes head in disbelief*)


ETA: you guys rock - it's all fixed now *hugs* :D
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Cooking question, folks: how do you make a good meatloaf? What do you put in it? Do you have to mix it by hand? I tried to make one on Friday but was not impressed... and I promised my mother I would make her one (she has never had one, so...) Any idea?
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Rats... I was hoping to be able to watch Heroes before I go, but guess which codec showed up on the file I downloaded? My good ol' buddy divocodec... grrr... No Heroes for me then...

Anyway, I'm off, see you in November! One more thing: please cheer the French team for me on Saturday when they'll be playing England!

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I just heard about Blackle this morning on the radio - it's the black version of google, officially designed to save energy, but come on, it looks good too *g*

About Heroes, I have a question/speculation about Kensei: spoilers for Four months laterCollapse )

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Random info of the day: I was trying to get Family Guy and it asked for a codec (DivoCodec) to read it. Since it was the third times it was asked, I downloaded the codec, and according to my anti-virus system, there was a Trojan Horse in it.

So:
- be careful if you receive any e-mail from me in the next couple of days
- be careful of that damn DivoCodec thing *kicks*

ETA: According to my brother, Avast is taking care of everything and I shouldn't have to do anything to get rid of the thing (I don't usually use Avast, hence the slight panic). But you can't be too careful.

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"In this popular series that ran from 1994 to 1996, Benton Fraser comes to Chicago in an attempt to find out who killed his father. After solving the murder, he decides to stick around and work for the local Canadian consulate. He has made friends with a local detective, Ray Vecchio, whose sister, Francesca, has a major crush on him. Although Vecchio is often confused by Benton's strange way of doing things and Benton is often confused by how things are done south of the border, the two get along famously, having an incredible on-screen chemistry." (tv.com)

Ray Vecchio: What is it with you? Does dirt not stick to you? What, were you scotch-guarded at birth?

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Due South, Season 2Collapse )
Current Music:
Top Gear (season 9, episode 3)
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Top Gear quotesCollapse )
Jeremy Clarkson: Anyone who washes their car either has a small mind, or an unhappy marriage.
Richard Hammond: I turn it into a family occasion. My eldest daughter is five, and she loves cleaning the car with me. We share it.
Jeremy Clarkson: Do you live in a yogurt commercial?
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*squee* I'm watching the first episode of the ninth season of Top Gear, the one in which Richard Hammond comes back after his major accident. It's awesome to see him again, and you can tell Jeremy and James are glad he's back and okay.

'are you mental?' - cut for lengthCollapse )

They showed us his tries, toward the end, in which he was basically on 'a chair strapped to a plane engine' - his words, not mine *shakes head in disbelief* boys and engines...

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Richard Hammond: [Richard's prophetic words to camera before his accident] So my challenge today is to drive this thing, except, that's not the full story because my challenge today is to drive this thing and hit this innocent-looking little button. Because when I do that, it send a flame, shooting through the engine which ignites the afterburner. And when that happens I haven't got 5,000 horse power, I've got, 10,000 horse power, and possibly the biggest accident, you've ever seen in your life.
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It was moving at the end of it when he (obviously) got scared (I mean... a plane engine, dude!) and he screams 'I'm alive! I'm alive!'. And you can tell he had a blast. And then, his third try, it's the accident. The way he comments on it, his voice gets really quiet and there is a big silence in the studio... then of course Jeremy start making fun of Richard, of course lol

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Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to Richard's jet-car crash] I could've held it.
Richard Hammond: What, in the world's longest power slide? Whilst telling us the price and there was no room in the boot?

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The final promise: they will never mention the crash in the show again.

ETA: from another Top Gear episode:
Jeremy Clarkson: Anyone who washes their car either has a small mind, or an unhappy marriage.
Richard Hammond: I turn it into a family occasion. My eldest daughter is five, and she loves cleaning the car with me. We share it.
Jeremy Clarkson: Do you live in a yogurt commercial?
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Current Music:
Top Gear 9x01
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