Day 234…

11.7.12

Waking up and it is wall-to-wall election coverage everywhere you turn (TV, Internet, Radio, Newspaper, people). Obviously the election last night is the hot-button topic of the day, and it really should be.  The election is a such an important piece of our fabric as citizens, and it makes me happy to see how many people got involved in the voting process…

To the gym I go to pick up from my last session with my trainer as the weather is cooperating (for now as we expect another major storm today/tonight).  Of course she immediately turns the screws on me and starts me off with running six flights of stairs and then it is straight into more exercises.  Honestly, it is 30 consecutive minutes of joy/hell.  I love being able to work out, but man, she pushes the limits for me…I finish the workout, shower and head to the office…

Pick up some breakfast and straight into meetings I go…there is a very urgent client request that I have to respond to and that ends up consuming the majority of my morning…of course I’m starving, even after I finish breakfast, so I grab some almonds to try to hold me over until lunch gets here…once I start working out and running with regularity, all I’m going to do is eat.  I can’t keep up with my metabolism, but I do love to eat, so there could be worse things to deal with…

Work through lunch and into more meetings I go…the weather has taken a quick turn for the worse as it is snowing hard and the wind is literally blowing it sideways.  This is the absolute last thing our region needs after Sandy.  People are still reeling from that storm and now the temps have dropped and snow is falling.  We need a break…

Having more snacks (don’t judge me!) and then wrapping up the day to head out into the storm…

It’s nasty out…to dinner, drinks then to the pup and finally bed…

Night all…

Day 233…

11.6.12

Happy election day to one and to all.  I’m up early to head to the polls and do my part as an American citizen.  I get to the polling location and can already see that it will be quite a process to place my vote.  Unfortunately there is an immense amount of disorganization at my location.  Very long lines and a lot of confusion about the new format where voters have to fill out their ballot SAT style and then place them into a scanner to be read and logged…

The line for my district seems to be twice the length of the other lines.  People are starting to get antsy and I can already guess that there will be fireworks before I leave.  At this point, I’ve been in line for a solid 30min and haven’t made much progress.  The volunteers that are checking the voter log book are moving at a snails pace…the powder keg ignites and a woman starts yelling at the unfortunate volunteer.  While I feel bad for the volunteer, the woman is raising her voice on behalf of all of us so I can’t really fault her.  She points out that there should be TWO lines instead of ONE as the alphabet should be split as that is how the log books are organized.  The volunteers realize their mistake and split us up.  I go to the line that I’m told and continue to wait…I wait more…still waiting…finally I make my way to the front of the line only to be told that they made a mistake in splitting the alphabet and that I should be in the other line.  I do my best to be patient about this, so I calmly tell the official what happened and that they need to put me in the front of the line that I am supposed to be in…thankfully they do this and I get my voter forms and head to the ‘privacy booth’ to fill out my selections…

I make my way with my selections to the scanner only to find out that ALL OF THE SCANNERS ARE BROKEN…are you kidding me?!?!  The officials say that it is ok and they take my from and put it with the rest of the forms into the ‘emergency ballot box’.  My confidence level that my votes are going to actually be counted is about 0%, but I have to hope they get the scanners fixed and my votes are counted.  I’m far less concerned about my presidential vote as I know NY is already decided, but there are local elections that are just as important…overall, it was an hour of pain to vote…this country has to find a better way for us to vote…

Finally I am able to leave the voting location and I practically break into a jog to get to my client meeting in midtown.  I make it in time and we have a great meeting with our client…back in the office and it is even more meetings…we are slammed, but again, like I said yesterday, it’s great to be busy…

Eating lunch at my desk and getting through more work before more meetings…the day finally begins to draw to a close and I head home to eat dinner (I’m having a craving for udon/ramen) and to watch the returns come in…

Although many felt that the race was going to be tight, the statistical experts feel like it will not be a close race…the early returns keep this race incredibly tight and there is a growing sense of uneasiness that Obama may not get reelected…slowly he begins to build momentum, but I’m fading and trying to fight falling asleep which is really silly considering that I have such sleep issues…I give in and fall asleep before it is decided, but I wake up to texts from friends telling me Obama won…I can now try to sleep the rest of the night…

Until tomorrow all…

Day 232…

11.5.12

Waking up to a “normal” Monday today and getting ready to finally head back to the office after a week of working from home due to the wrath of Sandy.  I’m actually really excited to get out of the house and into the office to see my colleagues and just to get back to a normal routine as last week was nothing close to normal at all.  Going through the routine of walking the pup, showering and heading out.  I wonder how the commute will be today as my normal subway line is still not running downtown, so I’d have to bet that the 6 will be slammed with people.  I’m hoping that by leaving earlier than normal that I’ll be ok for the ride in…

Thankfully the ride was easy and no where near the congestion I was expecting.  There is quite a buzz/energy in the office.  Everyone is swapping stories about the week and we are all just really happy to see one another and to see that everyone is doing well…we jump right into meetings and set expectations for the week as it is going to be incredibly busy and we have a lot to catch up on…

Day is flying by as it is heads down and work, work, work.  I’m getting a lot done and am enjoying being back.  Before I know it we’ve had lunch and are immersed in afternoon meetings…I’m beginning to wind things down before heading out for dinner and home to the pup…

Will be getting up early tomorrow to vote…hope you all do the same…

Night all…

Days 228 – 231…

11.1.12 – 11.4.12

So apologies for not staying on the daily post schedule.  I vow to get back to that starting with this post.  Things as I’m sure you can imagine have been rather out of sorts with the storm and such.  As mentioned in my last post, while fortunate to not experience loss of power, I was keeping busy with work and friends and trying to stay supportive as best I could during the past week…

Some highlights of the past few days would be…seeing a lot of my friends, spending quality time with the pup, seeing my sister, taking long walks and a real highlight – running 6+ miles for the first time since I was sick…

The run yesterday with Andre was fantastic based on a few things.  For one, I did not have a good night of sleep at all, but I decided that I needed to run anyway, so when you couple a poor night of sleep, daylight savings time and general stress from life/the storm, I was a bit unsure as to how the run would go.  Andre and I hit the park at 945 in the morning and were greeted by thousands of runners who decided to run an unofficial marathon since the real race was cancelled (more on that to come)…we talked about doing the full loop and set off on the run.  It was cold, but really great to have that cold, clean air in the lungs.  It started off a bit slow as it took the legs a bit to warm up, but we hit our pace nicely and decided to go for the full loop.  It was so inspirational to see all of the runners in the park that were due to run the marathon yesterday.  I really felt for Andre as he was one of those who lost their spot in the race and was likely going to run a ridiculously fast time of 3:10 or faster…

**Side note, as a runner and as a citizen of NYC, I was beyond appalled by the way in which NYRR (specifically Mary Wittenberg) and the Mayor’s office handled the cancellation of the race.  Was it the right decision for the city?  Absolutely as the city was not prepared to host the scale of the marathon after the devastation from Sandy, nor should the resources have been applied to the race when so much of the city was in need.  What would have been the right play?  Canceling the race should have happened on Tuesday when the scale of the disaster was apparent.  It was so irresponsible and unconscionable to cancel the race less than 48hrs before it was due to begin.  Half of the entrants (20,000+ people) were coming from out of town and as a result of the late cancellation they are now out countless dollars that will never be reimbursed.  It pains me for those people along with all of the other runners who dedicated endless miles of training to the race.  But I also feel so badly for the people of the city and NJ and CT who are still struggling without power and heat and access to their normal daily things.  There are other issues with NYRR that should be brought to light, but that will happen on another day.  The focus should be on the people that are still struggling…

Other items of note – I’m still not sleeping well and may need to find a sleep therapist as the lack of sleep is really beginning to add up from a mental and physical standpoint.  Aside from the sleep issue, I’ve been feeling really great physically and am excited as to what the rest of the year and next year have in store for me as I build my body back and start running races again…

Tomorrow we are back to daily updates…

Until then…

Days 223 – 227…

10.27.12 – 10.31.12

First and foremost, I hope that everyone, their friends, families, colleagues and loved ones are safe and sound after a rather tumultuous stretch of days.  It goes without saying the hardship Sandy has caused for people and my heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with any sort of loss (electricity, physical home damage, etc.)…

I have been one of the more fortunate ones during the storm in that my apartment thankfully did not lose power.  It flickered a few times on Monday evening, but other than that, I have been able to have electricity and hot water.  The Internet was down in my area for a bit, but it has since been restored…

My office is in one of the zones that is without electricity, so I’ve been working from home each day which has been rather trying at times, but we are all managing the best we can considering the circumstances.  Last we heard is that we could be open on Friday – which would be great…

Walking through the city and seeing the destruction is very depressing   You can see the strain on peoples faces.  The mental toll can be as tough as the physical toll.  I continue to hope that everyone does what they always do here in NYC – find a way to prevail.  I know it will happen.  As tough as it is, as hard as things get, we will find a way to get through it all…

I’ll update again daily moving forward…sorry for going off the grid…

Until tomorrow…