More/fitness Magazine’s Half Marathon, April 15, 2012

I posted below some blog posts, video and articles about the 2012 More/fitness Magazine’s Half Marathon which was yesterday in Central Park, NYC.  There will be more participant video after everyone has had time to upload it following the event.  I’ll do a follow-up in a week trying to capture those.   Enjoy!

Video:

NY Fox

Pix 11 Morning News

NY1

Blogs:

Fit Chick in the City

Fitness NYC

Villanova Running

Running Long Island

Run, Shop, Travel

Team Hole In The Wall

Love, a yi

A Doctor Mom Runs To Disney

Articles:

New York Daily News

The Examiner

Official Race Site

More/fitness Magazine Half Marathon is Today!

I just finished 6 miles here at home but thought about the 2012 More/fitness Magazine Half Marathon that is taking place in Central Park this morning.  “Ladies, I’m with you in spirit.”  It’s the largest women’s only half marathon in the U.S.  They always fill up fast too.  It’s capped at 10,000.

What an exciting morning that was last year which was the second time I participated in that event.  The first was 2010.  It was awesome.  Click here to read all about it.

I was in Central Park one week ago today on Easter Sunday.  Love going there.  Wish I was there today…

My LIFE Runner team mates are probably finished with their race in St. Louis by now too.  Well the bad weather held off and it actually was pretty nice out with a wonderful breeze.

Well, off to Church and then on with the day!

Today’s Go! St. Louis Race Stormy Forecast Not Stopping LIFE Runners

LIFE Runners in the St. Louis Region are running in today’s Go! St. Louis Half Marathon.  It’s a training event for the fall St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon which is the LIFE Runners official annual race event.  Traveling  from more than 20 states, the 25 chapter/250+ member organization will descend on St. Louis the day before the race to partake in the LIFE Runner pre-race activities.  Last years event raised $35,000 for pregnant women in need.  This year is expected to double that amount.

The weather is pretty threatening – more than 100 tornadoes were spotted yesterday through out mid-west.  Today that weather is moving into the St. Louis area.

 

The race begins in an hour and should be finished by the time the bad weather hits.  LIFE Runners are there in force and planning to see the race through.  I am going to run with them here – I will begin 30 minutes before their start.  So we will be running at the same time.  I don’t plan to go 13 miles though – 7 for me today – sunrise is at  (approx) 6:30 am.  That is when I’ll start.  I hear the birds outside so that’s my cue to hit it…Good luck to my team mates – especially those that are running their first half marathon today.

 

 
 

Keeping Ourselves Organized Keeps Us From Sweating the Small Stuff

Here are some helpful tips that I’ve tried to follow to maintain order in my life.  We all have those times when we get off track, but the important thing is to get back on.  So I hope if you struggle with any of these issues that you’ll find this post helpful.  This is not a comprehensive list…well maybe not completely.

#1 rule…Keep a small notebook with you at all times.

This is so you can jot down things that you think of, make notes, new ideas, remembered appointments, etc.  I often will hear something someone says that I quickly think I’d  like to write down.  Have a small notebook in your purse or pocket, it is a winner and will keep you ahead of the game.

Each aspect of our lives needs organization.

Home:

  • Throw out anything you haven’t used in the last 12 months.
  • Have a designated place for deliveries/mail, coats, purses, etc.
  • Decide what to keep or not keep and shred anything with personal info on it.
  • Clean out frig once a week to be sure everything in it is not old or expired.
  • Clean home once a week focusing on a different area for deep cleaning each time.
  • Clean house from top to bottom floor and room from ceiling first to floor.
  • Place items in proximity based on use, on counters, in drawers, closets, etc.
  • Take pictures of outfits with accessories and keep pics in closet.  This will save time putting things together in morning.  Update once per month.

Car:

Necessary items to have and where to place them…

  • Handbook for the car – glovebox
  • Insurance documentation – glovebox
  • Registration and list of important #’s like Insurance agent.
  • Maintenance receipts – glovebox
  • Cell phone car charger – glovebox
  • Flash light – glovebox
  • Wet wipesglove box
  • Emergency and First Aid Kit – trunk
  • Blanket in winter – trunk
  • weather radio – trunk
  • Ice scraper – trunk
  • Navigational Tool
  • Umbrella – seat pocket
  • Rosary and prayer book – console of car
  • State Highway Map – side door pocket
  • lint brush or roller tape – side door pocket
  • Expandable file folder between 2 front seats and keep it for papers and documents while traveling.
  • Keep a handled sack folded in the expandable file folder to carry things from car to house or office.  Always empty trash and take anything you are finished with into your house or office after the last trip.
  • Vacuum car out regularly and wash once a week.

Online:

  • Prioritize what your goals are for being online and be sure to include in your daily to do list.  It may be research for work, keeping up with friends, blogging, etc.  Know what you want to do and then set parameters.  Otherwise you can be easily drawn into spending hours instead of minutes.
  • That which is strictly social, have a goal and organize friend lists in social media so you are focusing in on relationships that are important.
  • If blogging have a regular time to do such and a time limit.

Office:

  • Review/create “To Do” list each day.
  • Meetings – Every meeting  has a designated chairperson who  creates an agenda.  Each should also have a goal for the meeting and a set time limit.  The Chair uses outlook to invite attendees and then sending those attending the agenda and allow a short window to get their input on such.
  • Keep things on desk in proximity based on use.
  • Organize cords.
  • Place files in drawer or cabinet that doesn’t cause you to have to move away from desk to get to if they are used regularly.  They can be placed further away if used less often.
  • Store those items or files that you haven’t looked at in more than 2 years.
  • Phone calls – organize calls into vendors, constituents, stakeholders and staff.  Give vendors a specific time of day you will take their calls and anything not pressing, give staff a specific time of day also.
  • Only check email 3 times per day.
  • prioritize tasks and work from most pressing to the least.
  • Plan an annual calendar working backwards from major events to organize key tasks for each that also need to be on calendar.  Transfer annual events in December of each year.
  • Review the calendar in staff meeting with your department or afterwards each week to get updates/changes, etc.
  • Organize your office for optimum efficiency and create an environment that helps you stay focused.
  • Delegate anything that doesn’t require your judgement.
  • If possible dictate letters while in car driving.  Have a list of correspondence on to do list and keep with you if traveling.  Typing your own letters – which is a trend now, is a time vacuum.  Fingers on computer keys is less efficient than dictation if you have someone else (assistant) who can type it.
  • At the end of the day have desk in order to begin the next day.

Time:

  • Make Lists and set a time limit for tasks.
  • Use a Timer to get all tasks done.
  • Time analysis tools are good for a couple of weeks to track what you are spending your time on and how much.

Calendar:

  • Keep a daily calendar on smart phone or hardcopy and keep it with you.  This is the one that holds everything.
  • Keep a calendar at home on wall and encourage family members to have their own calendar too.
  • Keep a wall calendar at work as well.
  • Have an annual calendar at the office also.

Exercise:

  • Set a specific time of day and stick to it don’t let anything invade that time even if traveling.  You can always walk if nothing else.
  • Keep exercise gear in a specific place so you don’t waste time looking for this or that.
  • If you want to join gym find the one closest to home (my preference since my time is in morning).

Diet:

  • Fix food for week on weekends and heat up through out the week. (3 main entres, 2 sides and a bread).  Home cooked food is more wholesome and generally better for you.
  • Take vitamins with supplements every morning with breakfast.  Keep pill organizer full and in specific place in kitchen.
  • Plan menu based on your dietary needs once per week and then create grocery list.
  • Keep a standard list and just check off what you need.
  • If traveling, take key items in a cooler like yogurt, Melba toast, tuna, dressing if trying to stick to a restrictive diet.  Also, get a hotel room with a mini frig and microwave if possible. I did this during a period I was on a diet.  I took my own items for snacks and necessary things to add to salads.  Also, made sure I had water with me all the time.
  • Get 7 – 8 hours of sleep and try to go to bed same time every night.
  • The night before prepare lunch for next day that you want to take to work.
  • In the morning have a specific spot to place your lunch, phone, purse, etc. that needs to go out the door with you.  Put that in its launch spot after you have had breakfast and heading out for exercise.

Finances:

  • Have one place that bills are placed when they arrive in mail.
  • Designate who in home is responsible for managing bills (everyone helps though).
  • Keep a list of current regular bills/payments/due dates in a lock box with the unpaid bills.
  • Have a specific time(s) during month when these are paid.
  • Have a prepared budget and meet with family about it as needed.
  • Have a long-term,  short-term plan and a “Disaster Plan.”
  • Safety Deposit Box for important papers/items with one key to those with responsibility for such if something happens to you.
  • Every new years day, update the letter to those responsible, outlining necessary points/items/bills/special requests/concerns and replace the previous letter that is in the box presently.

My Purse: It should weigh no more than 3 pounds tops.

  • Small notebook and accordian organizer for receipts.
  • Keys (car, home, etc., but not keys that you don’t use regularly)
  • Tissues
  • Medicine – if have to take in an emergency especially. I get Migraines so I always have that medicine available.
  • Pocket book – only have 1 or 2 major credit cards, less than 5 pictures and cash. (clean out coins often.  This adds to the weight). Photocopy cards that are in pocketbook and keep the copy at home in case stolen or lost.
  • pocket umbrella
  • lipstick
  • phone
  • Rosary and LIFE Runner Prayer Card
  • If it doesn’t fit in a pocket, then put it in another kind of small organizer.  Don’t leave anything loose.

Home Filing:

  • Action Files - Papers that need a response from you in some way. Some categories to divide them in are to read, to file, or to respond.  These are the files that remain out where they are easily accessible.
  • Reference Files

Financial 

  • Bank Accounts – checking, savings, money market
  • Credit Card Accounts – make a separate folder for each one
  • Mortgage Information
  • Loans – include any second mortages or home equity loans, or car loans
  • Investments or brokerage accounts – keep a separate one for each one
  • Budget or Financial Planning

 Insurance 

  • Homeowners or Rental Property Insurance
  • Auto – keep a separate file for each car
  • Other Vehicles – such as campers, boats, motorcycles, ATV 
  • Life
  • Health

Property

  • Home Improvement Receipts – any large investments such as new roofs, water heater, siding for example that have warranties need to have receipts to get payment if a claim is made. 

Furniture

  • Appliances – stove, refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Office Items – computer and related items , fax machine, copier, phone. 

Employment 

  • resume – keep copies handy if needed
  • Employee Benefit Package Information –
  • Paycheck receipts and other documentation

Certificates

  •  Birth
  • Death
  • Marriage
  • Estate, Power of Attorney, Copy of Will, etc.  (also keep in safe deposit box).

Household

  • Electrical
  • Water/Sewer
  • Trash/Recycling
  • Cable
  • Computer Service
  • Telephone
  • Cell phone
  • Security

 Medical Information

  •  Insurance Forms
  • Medical History
  • Dental
  • Doctor/Dentist Names and Locations/Directions  

Tax Records 

Keep a file of all tax receipts needed to file your income tax for the year. Some subcategories are as follows:

  • Income Pay Stubs
  • Medical Out of Pocket Expenses
  • Childcare Expenses – Daycare, Preschool, After School Care
  • Charitable Donations
  • Interest and Dividend Statements
  • Mortgage interest Statements

Organization keeps stress levels down and things running smoothly.  I did my best dieting and running when I am organized in all other aspects of my life.  We all get out of sync with one thing or another now and then – or with everything.  When faced with those times, give yourself 2 weeks to re-organize/re-group.  Then begin again.

 

 

 

 

Last Full Day and Night in NYC

Monday (Day  4)- Headed to the New 9/11 Memorial.  We have been to Ground Zero on previous trips, which is always very surreal.  The new Memorial has a waterfall and reflecting pool that is an acre in size and each is in the exact spot of the World Trade Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.  The names of the almost 3,000 that lost their lives are inscribed around the outside of the water fall.  They say at night, the lights from beneath the Memorial, shine through the cuts in the metal that make up the letters of each name.  The museum is not open yet and the site still has much construction around it.

The New 9/11 Memorial

 

The New 9/11 Memorial

The New World Trade Tower

We had lunch in Times Square which was fun and then went to Battery Park.   It was our last night there, so we decided to have dinner at “The View” which is the 48th floor (top) of the Marriott Marquis.  The restaurant turns 360 degrees giving you an unbelievable view of the city.

The View Restaurant Last Night

The View Restaurant Last Night

The next morning I got up early and headed down to Rockefeller Center for the Today show.

Headed home later in the afternoon.

Going Home

Well, back to reality… Here are some pictures from the last leg of our trip – enjoy!

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New York Day 3 “Easter” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Easter in New York is wonderful.  It was 70 degrees and sunny.  We went to Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was really crowded.   Cardinal Dolan was there and Alex tried to get a picture of him holding his camera up overhead.

 Afterwards we had a nice lunch and headed back to the room to change.  Jim and Alex tease me about my picture taking skills.  However, I thought this picture turned out rather nice…

Alex took this picture of Jim and I…

 Then Jim and Alex wanted to watch the Masters Golf Tournament while I headed out on foot to Central Park.

It was amazing.  The last time I sat in the Park, was after I finished the More/fitness Magazine’s Half Marathon – April 3, 2011.

Didn’t sit for very long – kept moving as you are supposed to do afterwards.  This is  Poets Row…so beautiful.

My walk was about 4 miles (3.82).  There are lots of great walking/running opportunities here.  Jim and Alex came up to the Park later in the afternoon.

On my way back to the hotel, the side walks were really crowded.  This was one of the first warm days for New Yorker’s (> 69 degrees).  I didn’t mind the crowds though.  It just makes it that much more interesting.

After I got back I had a nice glass of wine on the patio.  Alex and I walked around a little more later on and then settled in for our favorite shows that were about to start.  Jim, Alex and I were laughing so much about things that have happened during the trip, that I ended up with the hiccups (which I get a lot).  Everything is an hour later and so I didn’t  make it to the end of the Apprentice…fell asleep.

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Today we have a full itinerary and will share more later.

New York City, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Best Man and Saturday Night Live…More To Come

Alex and Jim went to see The Best Man with James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury and others on our first night in town…I went to Jesus Christ Superstar – outstanding! Here’s another video from JCS.  It was the best of the best performances I’ve seen yet.  Loved it!

Hotel is great and will give a detailed review later.  Our room is wonderful.  See hotel pics of it –  http://www.thebenjamin.com/RoomDetail.aspx?name=One-Bedroom-Deluxe-Suite.  The views are unbelievable from the balcony.  I took some video and pictures.

 

Second night – was to Saturday Night Live… and yes I mean the show.  Waiting in line for those of us with tickets was organized mass chaos.  Worse for those in standby.  However, wait and other things well worth it.  Alex and I were seated in the front row of stage left.  More on this awesome experience later – and it really was awesome too.  Sorry, my phone doesn’t take the best video – take a look -

Saturday Night Live Opening with Sofia Vergara

Click here for More on last nights SNL

This sketch was about 3 feet from our seats that were just above the stage

Here’s a slideshow of the pictures half way through trip.  We are off to St. Patrick‘s Cathedral for Mid Day Easter Mass.

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More later…

Tribute to My Uncle Robert C. “Bob” Schulte – Going Out in “Robert Style.”

 The 1914 Chalmers Hearse that belongs to Reid Millard of Houser Millard Funeral Home has only been used maybe 12 times over the last 10 to 15 years.  It was Robert’s ride to his final resting place – escorted by 6 police officers and a long procession of family and friends.
We will always remember Robert’s spirit, big heart and great sense of humor.  Here’s a video tribute to Robert and his family.
Thanks to Rosie Schulte, Missy Beck, Loretta Bittle and Patsy Blomberg, who put together a slide show DVD of old family pictures for our family reunion in 2006.  I used a lot of pictures from that file.  Thanks to them also, for all they do to make our family reunions so fun and memorable.
Robert’s Obituary

U.S. Veteran

Robert C. “Bob” Schulte, Sr., 78, of

Jefferson City died Saturday,
March 24, 2012, at St. Mary’s Health Center. He was born June 15, 1933, in Mary’s Home, a son of Lambert William and Elizabeth (Doerhoff) Schulte. Bob was a graduate of Eugene High School and attended Lincoln University.He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War from 1953-1955.On October 15, 1955, Bob was united in marriage to Marjorie Lehman. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2012.

Bob owned and operated Schulte’s Fresh Foods for 54 years. Bob said he “was always appreciative of how good the people of mid-Missouri were to him and his family.” Bob had a lifelong passion for farming and spent many hours on the Spring Garden family farm. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman, fishing nearly every day. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, hosting dinner parties and fish fries.

He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jefferson City Host Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He was past president of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, Meadow Lake Acres Country Club and Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish Council. He served on the boards of the YMCA and St. Mary’s Health Center and was currently on the board of trustees of Central Bancompany.

He was a great supporter of local church, charity and civic organizations, including Cole County 4-H, Helias High School and the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Nearly every weekend, the parking lot of his family owned grocery store is used for numerous fundraising events such as barbeques and bake sales. Bob will be missed at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair, where he enjoyed the huge smiles on the kid’s faces, whether he bought a grand champion steer or the last-placed chicken.

He is survived by eight children: Diane Siebeneck and husband David of Wardsville, Robert Schulte, Jr. and wife Debbie of Jefferson City; Kathy Moad and husband Jet of Eugene, Linda Cremin and husband Frank of Jefferson City, John Schulte and wife Loretta of Jefferson City, Beverly Schepers and husband Daniel of Jefferson City, Greg Schulte and wife Kim of Jefferson City, Doug Schulte of Jefferson City; his loving companion and best friend, Pat Banner; one sister, Josephine Schwaller; two sisters-in-law: Ann Schulte (wife of Lambert), Betty Schulte (wife of Justin); 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by 12 siblings: Alma Rehagen and husband Henry, Roman Schulte and wife Tillie, Emil Schulte and wife Gertrude, Aemilda Dunn and husband James, Lorraine Bosch and husband Joseph, Agnes Arens and husband Francis, Fredonia Arens and husband Herman, Eleanor Hitz and husband George, Norbert Schulte and wife Anna, Andrew Schulte and wife Bernadine, Lambert Schulte, Justin Schulte; and a brother-in-law, Bernard Schwaller.

Friends will be received from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph or the Cole County 4-H Program. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St.,             (573) 636-3838      . Condolences may be left for the family online at http://www.millardfamilychapels.com

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