Pondering Marathons

With all the coughing, sneezing, etc., I haven’t had much time to think about a blog post.  But the comments on the radio about the Boston Marathon have me pondering marathons.  Where did marathons get started?  When?  Who ran the first one?  Who determined the length?  Who decided to turn a marathon into a fund raiser? 

When I feel better I want to Google the subject but if you know the answers, please leave them in a comment.

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Coughing Still and Taxes

I feel like I must have the plague! This cough which has been hanging around for the better part of two months decided I needed to reminded of what it feels like to try to cough up a lung. Seeing my doctor isn’t really feasible. I already called the last time the cough strengthened and the earliest appointment I could get was April 22. At this point I’m not sure if I want to get over this by then or have it hang around so the doctor will take my complaint seriously when I finally show up. Oh, well, whatever doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.

On a brighter note, I got a call from the accountant’s office today. My taxes are complete. Then I got an email with copies of the paperwork attached. I’ve just printed them out so I should be good to go.

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Spring is definitely making its presence known. My daffodils are blooming. They look so cheerful. They are planted near the base of the ornamental pear tree. It was a shock when I noticed that it appears to be dead. Since things haven’t bloomed on schedule this year, I’ll wait a while longer before I decide if it needs to come down.

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Ten on Tuesday

One of the blogs I read regularly posts a Ten on Tuesday topic. I rarely pay much attention other than reading her list but today’s topic caught my eye. She asked us what 10 foods go together. So here’s what I came up with:

1. Bacon and eggs and toast
2. Peanut butter and jelly
3. Crackers and cheese
4. Mashed potatoes and gravy
5. Burgers and fries
6. Liver and onions
7. Grilled cheese sandwich and cream of tomato soup
8. Fish and chips
9. Pasta (any kind) and salad
10. Pie and ice cream

What are your ten?

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Interesting Weekend

How is your weekend progressing? Mine is proving to be interesting.

It started last night with the monthly travelogue. The subject was the Himalayas and the lecturers (there were two) were interesting. I did have a chuckle when I noticed a man sitting in front of me drape his coat across himself and lean his head on the chair back. I think he was settling in for a nap.

I was meant to attend a rehearsal at the Symphony this morning. However, when I woke I was in a lot of pain — that happens when I don’t get enough sleep or not enough good quality sleep — and since I’m going to the actual program tonight, I went back to bed and skipped the rehearsal.

This afternoon was the annual “social” of our Women’s Ministry group at church. It was held at a French restaurant. The food, as you would expect, was delicious and the desserts were picture pretty. The invited speaker was most interesting. She had been a missionary in Pakistan for 18 years. Then she and her husband were in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong and I don’t know where all. They are currently working in the U.S. with an effort to reach all the international people who come to the U.S. but who aren’t Christians.

She made it sound so easy to do this. She encouraged simply being a friend. She pointed us to a website, http://www.globaltracts.com, where we could find Bible studies and other materials in a wide variety of languages. These can be printed and given to the non-English speaking people you meet.

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More Progress

Well, I made a little more progress in my personal life. The annual Women’s Conference is coming later this month. I normally book my accommodation early in the year but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. That spate of illness has a lot to answer for. But yesterday I got my reservation made.

I booked this through Priceline. I find that website a bit confusing, especially if I use the page where I specify the price I’m willing to pay. This time after getting lost there a few times, I decided to click on one of the deals which didn’t involve my setting the price. I have a room at a hotel where I’ve never stayed for less money than I bid originally! It doesn’t include a free breakfast but the room does have a coffeemaker and a fridge so I can either take my own breakfast stuff from home or stop at a supermarket and get something if I don’t want to try a restaurant.

So I’m happy with this bit of progress.

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Making Progress

Tax papers were taken to the accountant today.  That’s a load off my mind although I rather expect I’ll get a phone call with some questions.  I’m sad to say that I did not keep my papers well organized last year (or so far this year) so I may have left some information out of the packet.

I noticed today that my forsythia has finally decided to open some buds.  It’s a long way from the brilliant clouds of sunshine it normally is but it has started.  If our weather would ever settle into a normal routine, maybe the forsythia would feel encouraged to bloom.

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