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92*/heat index of 98* right now
98*/heat index of 109* tomorrow
98*/heat index of 112* Wednesday
95*/heat index of 105* Thursday

Our water heater is broken, which means we have to take cold showers until it gets fixed. Given how hot and humid it's going to be this week, I'm not thinking that's going to be a problem. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

I spent this weekend down at St. Mary's at the annual Special Olympics sailing regatta. Alice and I ended up with a bronze medal, and never mind that meant we placed 3rd out of 4 teams in the lowest division, she was very happy about it. She's happy about most things most of the time. She was happy because she thought it was funny when the wind died in the middle of our last race and I was standing up in the middle of the boat blowing on the sail because that was about all the wind we were going to get. Paul, the Special Olympics athlete my dad used to sail with, was happy because he found lots of shells for his girlfriend down at Church Point. I was happy because I spent the better part of Saturday night with [profile] ctlavery and her husband Tom, and we got to eat Vietnamese food at The Hot Noodle and catch up on life.

It was a happy weekend. Anytime spent down at St. Mary's, especially when it involves sailing, usually is.

Next up: delivering renter's insurance brochures, ignoring all the summer safety advice I've given out to elementary school kids and going for a run in this heat, reading about sled dog racing in Alaska/-35* weather, and working on the Bachman Valley 1/2 Marathon. And plotting my next trip to New Orleans.

~Bethany
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I've been promoted. At Special Olympics sailing last night I found out that I'm going to sail with Alice on a regular basis and at the regatta at the end of July.

Two years ago the big moment was when they trusted me enough on the water to take an athlete out by myself. Last year the big moment was when I got to sail with an athlete at the regatta down at St. Mary's. As of this year, I'm officially a regular and a semi-decent sailor because I'm no longer the wild card they put with whoever needs someone to sail with. Not that I mind being the wild card, but now I can really get to know the athlete I sail with and we can learn to work as a team.

I started sailing with Special Olympics 4 years ago because I wanted an excuse to get out on the water, plus the regatta at the end of the season is held at St. Mary's. Now I'm doing it because I love it, long drive down to Essex from Frederick notwithstanding.

If I choose not to move down to New Orleans it's not because I'm scared to make a move like that or because I don't love the city and want to help however I can. It's because I don't want to leave the little niche I've carved for myself in Maryland.
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Well, after 10 weeks of getting up at 6:15 am, I'm finally done with work. I have been for 5 days actually-and I don't miss it a bit. I LOVE going to bed after midnight. I LOVE sleeping in until 9:30. I love being able to lay around the house instead of pounding away on concrete floors 8 hours a day-marathon training is gonna be a heck of a lot easier. And if I need a break from SMP stuff, I'm welcome back at work over winter break-and given that I want to do a pretty pricey Outward Bound course after graduation (eeek, is graduation next year already?!?), I'll probably do it anyway for the money.
Yay, I got to take Alice, another Special Olympics athlete, out sailing yesterday. We took out one of the slightly more tippy 15-foot boats and the algae onshore was nasty, so things were more than a little bit interesting. It took me awhile to figure out the race course (we didn't even finish the first race 'cause I got lost), and figure out how to jibe (the scarier means of turning the boat) without scaring her. But we managed to finish our last two races, and to get out on the water and back onshore without any major mishaps. (Except for stiff shoulders and quads today.) Woo hoo! That algae was still gross, though. Thick and ooky and bubbly and wrapped around your ankles and smelled positively foul.
Okay, I don't know how many of you know this, but I'm seriously considering Americorps after I graduate from St. Mary's. But I have no idea whatsoever where I want to go. Name a state, any state. That's your test of the week to see if anyone's actually reading this thing. :-)

~Bethany
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Sorry nothing too original lately. It's hard to be inspired to write in here when all I do is get up waaaay too early, go to work and put away hundreds of overpriced mens' shirts, run home, read for a coupla hours, eat dinner, then go to bed.
Well, there was sailing on Tuesday night. I've been sailing with Special Olympics of Baltimore County for almost two years now, and last Tuesday I was allowed out with a Special Olympics athlete for the first time. We didn't exactly win any races, though we did have a good start that second time-the focus was more on just finishing in one of the slower 14 foot boats (less sail area than the 15s) in very light, touchy winds. Unfortunately, Dad and I won't be able to go to the regatta at St. Mary's this year-Heidi's end-of-bassoon-camp concert is the same day. :-( But now that I've officially "graduated," I'm ready to take out any victims, I mean volunteers, on the boats at St. Mary's.
I also have a 13 mile run planned for this afternoon on the NCR Trail. It'll be my first run over 8 miles in probably 3 months. It's time to get back to feeling like a marathon runner! I also had a fun 6 mile run in the rain Wed., and I have two races scheduled for next week-a 10k Thursday and a 5k Sunday. At least one of those will probably be a tempo workout more than anything else-probably the 5k. I've run a gajillion 5ks and that PR is pretty much set in stone, but I've only done 2 10ks and could use a faster PR there. Woo hoo!
I'll end my rambling there and move on to something productive-reading the 5th Harry Potter, for instance. I love summer. :-)

~Bethany
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I ran home from work again today, total of 6 miles. Worked the hills too. It was hot-about 86-and humid. Not ideal running weather but hey, anyone can run if it's perfect outside. If I were to wait for perfect weather, I wouldn't get out there very often. And the real fun starts when I'm running 50 mile weeks in August. If I thought today was hot...
Almost halfway done with work for the summer. Yay! It's so boring putting away shirts and pants all day, but at least it's pretty mindless and I have time to think. And have Les Mis and Jimmy Buffett songs run through my head. (Interesting combo, huh?) And think about the run I'm going to do as soon as I get off. I just have to work there long enough for my mom to buy all her Christmas presents with my employee discount.
First day of Special Olympics sailing for the summer tomorrow. I'm a little nevous, but I'm sure I'll be fine. If nothing else, I'll be out on the water, and it's so cool to harness the power of the wind and know you're in control-or at least in control enough not to tip over or freak out when you think you're gonna. :p

~Bethany

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