Thursday, September 25, 2008

Just do it

I have been inspired by ScienceMama, Dr. Isis, and some other really cool ladies who I have been cyber stalking. These ladies are all runners and running is something I want to do lots more of. I have always been out of shape, and having preeclamsia while being pregnant with twins only has only made the problem worse. I desperately need more exercise and running seems like a good way to go. I don't need any special equipment except for a good pair of running shoes, and a recent post by the above mentioned Dr. Isis give some great tips for finding the right pair. I already have a plan for getting started. And a shiny new mp3 player just waiting to be filled with motivational songs. So now I guess I need to just do it. And that, my friends, is the hard part for a chronic procrastinator like me. So tell me, where can I find the motivation I need to get off my every widening buttocks and start running?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hurricane Gustav

I have been wanting to write a post about Hurricane Gustav, but I don't quite know what to say about it. Considering that this:

Baton Rouge neighborhood is behind the apartment complex I lived in during my graduate school days, I think I'm glad I don't live there any more. But my heart still aches for my city, and part of me wants to be there with them. You can't live in a place for seven years without developing a bond with the people who live there.

The city suffered a lot of damage in this storm. Downed trees have left many, many people (1.4 million the last I heard) without electricity. It is estimated that it will take 2 weeks to restore power to all the people in the region. Please keep the people of south-central Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers.

And if you're willing and able, please consider making a donation to the Woman's Hospital Hurricane Relief Fund to help families impacted by the storm. It is difficult enough to deal with a hurricane and its aftermath, but these families are also dealing with the trials of having a baby in the NICU. Having to deal with these two challenges at the same time is difficult at best. I know. My daughter was in the NICU at this hospital during Hurricane Katrina.