This and That

Happy 4th of July!

Walking Apps

Well, I managed to overdue my walking yesterday-- 4.75 miles in the morning and 4.25 miles in the evening. My shoulder is really bothering me this morning. . . even with anti-inflammatories.

Part of the problem was that I loaded Map My Walk app onto my new phone. With my old phone, it would basically drain the battery in an hour because it tracks you via GPS, so for months I didn't bother with the app. But, of course, I had been slacking with my pace and had no way to track it, which is why I reloaded it.

I love this app! Though I don't use it to it's full potential, I love the fact that she talks to you every mile and gives you your current pace. Here's what I walked yesterday morning. I can click on the event and it will give me all sorts of breakdowns to help my workout--if I actually was walking toward a goal or training for an event.

This walk was my best time so far this summer. My kidlet swims at McClure park in the morning during the summer. Remember, I don't jog! This is just a really, really fast walk!
Walked 4.75 mi on 07/03/2013
I walked with MapMyWalk! Distance: 4.75mi, time: 01:02:29, pace: 13:10min/mi, speed: 4.56mi/h.

Shoulder Update

I've set my surgery for August. Right now, it's scheduled for the day before school starts. When I meet with my doctor in a couple weeks, we'll firm that up. The surgery will put me out of blogging for awhile--no idea how long--but I plan to have something special for you then.

So stick around!

Monsters University

The kidlet and I saw this movie yesterday. It was okay, but I'm glad I didn't spend the extra money on the 3-D version. It delved into Mike and Sully's back story of how they first met. They could have spent less time at the beginning, AND I think I spotted a little bit of a boo-boo that they should have taken out. But that could have just been me overthinking things again.

Contest Judging

For the first time in a long time, I'm judging a contest entries again. Over the last couple years, I've been stuck judging historical novels and wanted a bit of a change. I requested FFP--Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.

I just didn't expect to get all three 'worlds' in one entry! The premise starts off interesting with the mad scientist conducting experiments on his own kid, the kid escaping and then the unexpected happens! I'm excited! I'm hooked! I want more! How does he really escape his father and adjust to his 'new' self. Does he find more experiments like himself? And then, chapter three . . . it's a new and different world with a different protagonist, and with magic. WHAT??! My mind can't honestly compute that these very different main characters/plot/world will actually mix somewhere in this book. -- Wait a second--I can actually use this thought when I give the entry my overall impression and final thoughts on the entry!

Or the entry where the author is using the contest as a critique. Now, don't get all high-and-mighty on me here. I know some people don't have access to other writers, but there are easier ways to find a crit partner than spending $$ to enter a contest.

Contest judging and critiquing are two different beasts. And unless I'm sorely mistaken this entry is a first time work from a first time writer, and I fear this person will be burned for life when she sees her score. This entry will take many days for me to judge, since I'll have to really soften my typical response into constructive feedback.

Yeah, these contest entries will be difficult to get through.

Stars and Stripes Swim Meet

This weekend I'll be spending my time in a natatorium. Fun, fun. This is the last chance for my kidlet to qualify for Long Course Age Groups. Hopefully, she's have her mind in the game and push through the pain to get the times she needs. We'll see. Hmm . . . I could bring the contest entries on my netbook and judge them while we're waiting . . . at least until the battery runs out. I like this idea!

Well, that's all I have for now. I'll have to go to the store later to get something to make for tonight. Yeah, nothing like leaving it to the last minute, right?!

Later, peeps!


Meg said...

Nice to know about Map My Walk. I have Fitocracy, however, it drains my battery too quickly.
How the kidlet do?
Happy 4th to you!

Margaret Golla said...

I use probably less than 5% of the Map My Walk functions. Sometimes, I just want to know my miles and keep up my pace!

Kidlet did well at the swim meet--she qualified for 4 out of 8 events, missing those other 4 by less than 2 seconds.