And when you’re on hold with a customer service person for the eighth time today? Yes, it goes on and on my friend.
I spent today plowing through a rather unpleasant to-do list, mostly related to typing up loose ends on moving stuff (why haven’t we gotten our security deposit on our old apartment back? Why is Time Warner still billing us for cable service there? What is this random charge from Budget Truck Rental?) and dealing with three different state DMVs in an attempt to get our car registration switched over to North Carolina (I’ll spare you the gory details of that one).
Also, dealing with the asshole who has been using our credit card in Dubai for the last couple of days. (I’m on to you, buddy. You’re done spending on my dime.)
And, also, trying to get rid of a slew of bizarre charges related to a purchase a made long long ago from Proflowers.com. (FYI: do not ever order from Proflowers unless you want to be automatically enrolled in a monthly membership program from one of their “partners,” which will result in your credit card information being shared with said partner, who will then charge you $14.95 a month and hope that you don’t notice. This is apparently a well-known and widespread scam – more info here.)
All of this put me in a grumpy mood (even after taking out some serious frustration on the track tonight). It’s a shame, because I had a fun post planned about the economics of voting in honor of Election Day. But I just don’t have the energy now. Maybe tomorrow.
Today’s EAT: Crabby demeanor –> crabby cakes.
We had some leftover lump crab meat that needed to be used up, so I slapped together some easy crab cakes, topped with caramelized shallots and an apricot dipping sauce. Together with a baked sweet potato and a salad, this dinner felt kinda fancy (even though it was super easy) and lifted my mood a bit.
Crab cakes: recipe here (via Food Network/Paula Deen)
Apricot dipping sauce: equal parts mayo and apricot jam with a splash of champagne vinegar (you could definitely sub Greek yogurt for the mayo, I would have but I’m out)
Today’s DRINK: Oh, the irony.
I’m trying to think of something that is actually ironic about this Irony Chardonnay. But unfortunately, there’s not much to say about it: it’s just another mediocre wine. I’m not tossing it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.
Today’s RUN: New track buddies, new track! I headed out with the people I met at Monday night’s run to tag along at their weekly track workout. It was a lot of fun!
The assignment: 4 X 200M at mile pace; 3 X 800M at 5K pace; 4 X 1000M at 10K pace. 200M recovery throughout (ouch).
A…reverse progression? Kind of a different workout and a bit of a doozy, mileage-wise, but I was intrigued! And totally a pace recognition workout, which I was excited about because I can always use some practice in that department.
The results: I skipped out on the fourth 1000M. Several people did. It was pitch black at that point and I would have been running alone, so I called it a night after three. Other than that, I was pretty happy with how things came out!
200M – 0:39 – 5:12 pace
200M – 0:40 – 5:20 pace
200M – 0:38 – 5:04 pace
200M – 0:41 – 5:28 pace
800M – 3:09 – 6:18 pace
800M – 3:20 – 6:40 pace
800M – 3:18 – 6:36 pace
1000M – 4:20 – 6:56 pace
1000M – 4:21 – 6:57 pace
1000M – 4:22 – 6:59 pace
I was cruising at the end. I can’t believe how easy 7:00 pace felt on the track, on the heels of that faster stuff. I need to bottle that feeling up and drink it during my next 10K. 🙂
Warm up and cool down were a little light for my taste at around a mile each. Next time I join up with this group, I’ll probably add a little on my own before and after. A mile of warm up is just not enough for these old legs nowadays!
7.6 miles total tonight. And with three pretty solid efforts over the last three days, I think I’ll take a little break and cross-train tomorrow.
Today’s QUESTION: Have you ever been the victim of a scam, or had fraudulent credit card charges on your account? This was my first experience with both! Although I get the impression it’s pretty common. If you have any tips or tricks to keep your identity and accounts safe and sound, feel free to share!
I know I’m going to be a lot more careful from now on: googling a company before putting my credit card info in to their website, sticking with merchants that have great customer service ratings by services like STELLAshopper, looking at every transaction on my statement each month instead of just scanning it….