The week started with a rare thing, a day off. I did not work Mother's day. Coincidently I did not work my birthday either, which was the same day. As far as work goes I worked 35 of 38 days I was in Minnesota. Only a few hours some days but none the less work.
Wednesday I left the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the land of 15,000 lakes known as Wisconsin. I spent the remainder of the week doing the usual for being home. I caught up on emails, slept, ate, ran, watched a few movies, painted three paintings, laundry, and spent more time with my family.
Speaking of spending time with my family, growing up is educational. As I get older my relatives relate more stories of their past to me. As my sister and I get older we learn things about the world that really is not taught in the class room. Occasionally we learn something and our reaction is, "Am I really that stupid?" or "Why did it take me so long to understand this?"
My running took a turn for the better. My lower mileage of the past few weeks rested me sufficiently so that I have started my build up for my fall marathon. I'll be talking about this later. Anyway I'm still in quite good shape so that I have to hold myself back on my runs. Sunday the 16th (not technically the week in review) I had a 15 mile run at 6:59 per mile pace. I have not had a run that good in a month. More importantly, when I am working on building my weekly mileage I always run somewhat slower than I do once I reach peak mileage. While that particular long run does not even rank on the top ten most quality longs runs I have ever had it is strong for the time of year it is. We'll see how I progress but this is a very positive sign.
I applied for six jobs this week. More importantly I started reading "What Color is Your Parachute?" I will most likely be "applying" for less jobs but applying myself more to jobs that I do apply for. I'll put out a book review when I am done. This is a book that many people might gain from.
It's not rocket science, it's harder. They call it life.
My sister requested that I make a few paintings representative of the places she has lived. So here are two of my paintings for your enjoyment:
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