Saturday, October 27, 2007


I'm not sure what's up with my computer, perhaps the settings have been messed with, as my 4 year old grandson likes to surf the net for, and car websites, but my blog font is huge on the sidebar when I look at it under Internet Explorer, and looks just right when I look at it under Mozilla Firefox. Also, I've never noticed before, but under my profile it said my industry was accounting. I'm so very much NOT an accountant. I'm perplexed. I changed it to Arts since there was no medical option. I do have an Arts background. If anyone has suggestions on how to fix my settings/fonts so they're consistent on either server, do chime in. Hi. My name is Irene and I'm a computer idiot.

The NWHM 2007 was the type of event I needed. My summer runs were very lacking for me. I am normally excited to run in events, but I just had no spark this past summer. It's kind of like I was just going through the motions and not enjoying myself. San Francisco was the perfect back drop for the event. Even the finisher's T shirt was awesome! It's a women's cut, made out of that wicking/fit-dry fabric, it's pink, and it fits! I have every intention of running in next year's event, provided I can get in. If I do get in I will make plans to stay right in town, stay longer so I can spend more time with my running friends, take full advantage of the expo (I didn't get a massage or pedicure because my family was waiting for me), make sure I get in a faster starting corral, and make sure I have a designated meeting place to meet my running friends after the race is over, and enjoy San Francisco. Since this was my first time at this event, I didn't know what to expect. Now that I do, and saw all there was to experience, I will make more time to soak it all in!

My heart is breaking for all of those who lost homes, family and friends in the fires this past week. I know I've complained about the dust and crud I've had to constantly wipe or vacuum, but that is petty, and I am very thankful that I do have a home to dust, and that my family is fine. The dust is settling, and we noticed stars in the sky last night. The local news is constantly showing people returning to what is left of their homes, and trying to sift through the charred debris for something reconizable, such as jewelry, coins, dishes, anything. With any disaster, there is also plenty of finger-pointing going on, as to proper protocol. The Santa Ana winds were so strong, I don't know if there was any more anyone could have done. The authorites are now playing the "if only" song and dance. I suppose they do need to hash out "if only" so that they can learn from these firestorms for next time. I hope there is no next time.


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Pat said...

I'm glad you're safe. you should come out to run the AZ rock and roll again.

barbie2be said...

frank sinatra or nat king cole?

i am going to try and get in next year too. it sounds like you had such a great time.

i feel so bad for all those people that have lost homes and been affected by the fires. fire is my biggest fear.

KatieFeldmom said...

The NWHM sounded amazing!!! I hope you can go next year!!!

Evelyne said...

Sounds like you have a great plan for next year!

I'm keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose EVERYTHING. So glad that you are okay.

Irene said...

Pat - I don't think we're doing the PF Changs AZRNR event 2008, but we have up until the the expo on January 12, 2008 to decide. :)

Barbie2be - Winner with Nat King Cole! Even with some of the things that weren't so right with the event (Like the crowds at the start and the crowds at the end) it was one of the best events I have ever been to. It's definetly one worth the effort of walking up hills! With the fire comes all the paper work. I hope insurance will help and I hope people weren't underinsured. That part is a mess.

Katie - Me too!

Evelyne - I hope I can get in next year. So many lost everything. A lot of them are saying they are thankful for their lives, but still, losing ALL of your things is a pretty tough blow.