Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Meandering

I had a nearly perfect winter run this morning.  It was only 25 degrees, but there was no wind, which is a miracle.  Once I started running, I heated up fast and just really enjoyed it.  I say nearly perfect because the only thing that would have made it better would have been sunshine.  But there's not even sunrise at the time I'm running!

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Speaking of running, our friend Shelley did the half marathon she's been training for and rocked it!  No injuries during the training season and no issues during the race!  Afterward, in a Facebook thread she and one of her buddies were talking about how their Garmins showed 13.3+ miles instead of 13.1.

As I mentioned to Amy, Garmins themselves have a +/- percentage of error, always. Then there's the fact that unless you can figure out how to run the course exactly as it was measured, you'll see a difference.  This morning I was reminded that the satellites that we get our GPS from have something to do with it as well.  They must reposition them or something because the loop I ran and which always measures 3.12-3.17 miles, measured 3.07 this morning.  Of course to get satisfaction, I had to run until I hit 3.1.  Only a runner cares about that.

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The late shifts have started at the mall for me.  I was home by 10:30 last Thursday but could. not. sleep.  I was pretty wiped out on Friday.  Thankfully I only have two more late shifts like that - tonight and the 23rd.  I am a bit concerned about the shift on the 23rd though as it's the last full evening of shopping before Christmas (the mall closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve) and I'm working all by myself. Yikes!

Here's why:  Part of my job at the guest services desk is to sell Visa and American Express gift cards, as well as the pre-loaded gift cards for various stores.  Yesterday during my 6 hour shift I did $8,000 in sales.  Think about that.  Nearly half of that amount was cash and the rest was charges.  At the end of my shift I had to reconcile all that, plus account for all my gift cards left, not to mention the voids I had.  It usually takes me about 10 minutes to reconcile and cash out.  Yesterday it took me 40.

With the mall closing at 10:30, I suspect by the time I cash out, it will be 11:30 - or even later - before I'm home.  Thank goodness this madness only lasts for a couple of weeks!

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Kristen, who occasionally writes at Low Fat Dressing, tried my Crockpot Bolognese recipe over the weekend and loved it!  I'm telling you, if you're busy, give this method a try.  The sauce is delicious and you can be wrapping gifts - or as in Lori's case, doing house rehab while it cooks!

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Last night Barbara Walters did her most fascinating people of 2014 special.  One of her choices was Oprah Winfrey.  I don't remember the exact wording of the question but Barbara asked Oprah even with all she's done, when she would feel like she was settled or accomplished.  Oprah answered not until she made peace with her weight issues.  

Seriously, that totally and completely fascinates ME.  Rich and famous people, they're just like us.