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1 hour 14 minutes 31 

That was my time and for not being as prepared as I could of and should of been, I will take it. 

It was good weather, not to hot, I still wore a baseball hat and sunglasses. 

I ran the best I could but mainly speed walked, I guess is what you could call it. 

A couple of issues of my own doing, the T shirt I wore was too short and I had to keep pulling it down, wrong ear phones, I borrowed Phil’s but should of wore proper head phone. Over my baseball cap. I also have a pocket full of Barley sugar. partly for energy and helped keep my mouth moist til i could get water. 

What I found missing along the way was a kilometer marker, I had it in my ear but a visible marker would of helped. Also missed was the sunscreen before starting out, the Cancer Council was not there. 

The water stations and mist tunnel are always much appreciated and the frozen ice block helped also. 

To those runners along the way, who gave me a pat on the back, a thumps up or verbal encouragement, THANK YOU. It always seems to come at the time I needed it. Still new to running, I have a lot to learn but the running community is a great bunch of support folks. 

West Pac was the main sponsor this year, a little tweaking of things and next year should be a ripper. 

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Time to Run Again

It’s that time of year. . City to Bay

Yes kids, that’s right I entered the 6 kilometers of torture as I call it. Not as prepared for this but that is my own fault in a lot of ways.  Weather didn’t help much but also my lack of focus is to blame. 

I got it into my head that I needed my running coach in my ear, calling my stats and all but I had forgotten that I was doing this for the most important person . . ME

I didn’t enter the run as year, as we were leaving on Friday for our weekend trip in Sydney. Knowing full well that when it rolled around this year, ready or not I was going for it. 

Going again as a runner, which is OK, its not pretty but it gets the job done. 

I set my music list last night, I had to redo it thanks to a Samsung hiccup, but I needed to refresh it. I know at some point I am going to need a song or two, my encouragement to keep going. 

Phil will be at his usual spot waiting for me to arrive. Phil is a big help, he cooks me a high protein dinner the night before.  The left over I have for breakfast. 

I get up extra early on Sunday morning, just to have some me time, to get focused, taking time to eat and mentally get ready. I always lay out what I am wearing the night before, even my baseball cap. 

Phil and I don’t normally chat alot in the car on the way, once he is close as he can get to the shopping center where I start, the knots in the my tummy usually start, no turning back. 

After a nerves bathroom stop, its on to sunscreen, always use it no matter how the sky is looking. I usually don’t stretch alot but I do just enough for me to warm the body up. 

My best time is 1 hour 7 minutes. Who knows what Sunday will bring. 

Will let you know next week

Booking our own Trip

Gang Way Down Under

451 days and 21 hours

That is how long before we board Carnival Cruise for our next trip.

Yes, It seems like a long time but those days will tick off. This will be a different trip in a few ways, We are driving to Sydney. Packing will be different and even boarding.

We have decided to book this trip on our own and it will be a bit of a challenge but also a learning curve that I am up for.

It has been awhile since we have driven to Sydney, you miss stuff when you fly instead of driving. We will go the same way we always do but I am looking forward to see the changes.

I will be looking to book as much as I can through Qantas. We have memberships there and any miles I can add, will do. We are saving them up for…

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Being at Peace

**April 9th Katherine lost her battle with Cancer on Tuesday morning 3:30 am. Our hearts are sad but we know she is finally at peace and not suffering any more.

 

 

I think at some point I had shared about my close mate Katherine, that her cancer had returned. The doctor’s had told her that there was not much they could do this time. Best they could do was to make her comfortable when the time came.

“When the time comes” That’s like asking how long is a piece of string? Katherine had a party for those could visit and we sent notes and videos. I was having to make the most of our little visits because I know one day they would stop. I would tag Katherine in Instagram photos, to make sure she saw them. We played Words with Friends on Facebook, knowing that one day those special games would stop.

That day has come.

Brad told me that our Katherine has been moved to palliative care. All they can do is to make her as comfortable as possible. Bard and I got to spend some time together yesterday on Facebook messenger, “Katherine was the sister that I never had,” Brad told me. His wedding is in a couple of weeks. Kat wanted to know but we all knew that she might not be strong enough to travel.

I told Brad he should get a picture of Katherine and have it at the wedding, she would love that, it’s taking her with us on our journey. Helping Kat with her bucket list. I downloaded a picture of Katherine so we can take her with us also.

I think what has helped me grieve in a way is that a story line on a television show has had a character who recently passed away. At first I thought I was just grieving for the loss of the character on they show but many I was really grieving for Katherine.

She was very open about being at peace with things, she made the most of the time.

I know she wouldn’t want us to get down and wallow in it all. That is human nature I think, the part of saying see you later that we all do when someone passes.

Thank you Katherine for making our lives better.

Harry and Meghan — Royal Wedding Stuff

With the news of the royal wedding it was finally something positive. I know people are tired of it or don’t like the royal family or whatever but its positive and I think a needed change. Of late the news has been depressing, Phil and I have not watched most night because of all the negative.

It’s taken a bit for Prince Harry to find the right woman for him. She is 3 years older and is stunning. He sees some wonderful stuff in her, wonder if he sees a bit of Diana in her. Meghan is already adapting to certain royal things as they are making appearances. It’s good to see her getting on the kids level as she chats to them. Think we might see more of a wardrobe change, but I think you will still see her come through. She has a great eye for what works well for her.

I am not sure if I could give up my life as Catherine has done and Meghan is starting to do. It was the Queen who wished for Will and Harry to date as long as possible so, the girls could see what life would be like if they did marry into the family. I read with Cate they took great care not to make mistakes that was made with Diana. From what I read the press almost cost Will and Catherine their relationship. I am happy that she decided it was worth it.

Been watching video from Will and Cate’s wedding. Remembering those little things that they shared with us, the kiss on the balcony. Will driving the decorated Aston Martin back to Clarence House, for a clothes change for the evenings events.

Can’t wait for Saturday to see Meghan’s dress. I heard that it was a pair of Australian designers that got the nod but we will know soon.

I’m a little sad that things with her Dad going go London didn’t work out. My first marriage it was very important to have my Dad there and all. I heard that her Mom could give her away and even Prince Charles could. Meghan could walk the aisle alone but I can’t see that happening.

Phil and I will be having what we call a nibbles dinner and have a bottle of bubbly ready to crack on Saturday night as we settle in to attend the wedding.

With everything going on in the world its time for some happy.

Just Stuff

Writing this with the “Dear Evan Hansen” sound track playing.

Thursday here and emotions have been hard.

Reminders that life is fragile, life can change in the blink of an eye.

I got to talk to a mate of ours who doesn’t have much time left. The damn cancer is winning.  I found a dragonfly pattern in crochet and I finally got a baby blanket started. I’m making it in her honour. Hoping to remind people to make sure to take the time and enjoy life.

the lady I did knitting for , her health has declined. She made a comment that really caught me off guard. “I’m no good to anyone.” I tried to reassure her that she was.

I must admit, I have felt that way myself. I think that was a lot of self-doubt letting get the better of me. I am my own worse enemy, not giving myself the credit I deserve.

Its been the last couple of years that finding those things helped me to see that I really am pretty cool. I have done things in my life I never thought I would get to do, had dreams come true. Have gotten to meet people, publish books, go places that I never dreamed of.

Sure life has thrown me my share of curves, some big and at times I never thought I would find my way though. Other times, I managed, no clue how but I made it. Just doing what needed done. Not stopping to think. I call that survival mode.

To quote Even Hansen:

“Dear Evan Hansen, today is gong to be a good day and here’s why, today your you and that’s enough.

When you get out of bed tomorrow jsut remember, Today is going to be a good day, because your you and that’s enough

Dear Benj and Justin

How can I say “Thank You” for what you do.

As I write this I have “Dear Evan Hansen” playing, It will get me through my day, to be honest its gotten me through alot of my days since I discovered the track.

I saw the Greatest Showman twice and cant wait for it to come on DVD here in Australia.

As Keala said in an interview, and I totally agree with her, you 2 take us to that place past narrative and find your way to my soul, to give that courage that I really am OK, or that I’m not alone. (You will be found is playing now)

Keep doing what you do, we need the musical more than ever these days, it’s not corny to be happy now. You help us find that bit that we didn’t know was missing.

Growing up I called myself the “Ugly Duck”. Yes, I am my own worse enemy. After seeing Greatest Showman, hearing Keala and discovering Dear Evan Hanson, “This is Me” and Dear Evan Hansen:

Today is a good day, this is me and that’s Enough

Watching to see what you do next because I cant wait.

Cricket

Greatest Showman — Music

Sometimes a song or a score  is written that creates so much of an impact that it takes a life of its own on.

That seems to be what Benj Pasek and Justin Paul do.

 

The music for this show is amazing to say the least but it was Keala who described that Benj  and Justin writing coming from a place that they can reach to get past the narrative, helping everyone connect.

The Original song was written for the Oddities to sing, but Justin and Benj decided to write This is me was written for Keala. the boys took their inspiration from her. You can watch the video on You Tube of the work shop and what happened when Keala stepped out from behind the music stand.

Head of Fox walked up to Keala after the workshop and said “I don’t know who you are but your staring in the movie”

Emotionally Raw — some how Benj and Justin go beyond the narrative to connect us with music. They boys had no clue how many lives they have touched with Greatest Showman, Dear Even Hanson.

Music is a big part of life. At times, the sound track can even make or break the movie.

The soundtrack to this movie, at least for me, I have been able to find self courage. (I know its been there but I am starting to trust it more and more) I have been more accepting of who I am, with my faults, I am OK.

Being different is OK, Life would be boring if we were all similar.

Dear Justin and Benj:

How can we say “Thank You” for writing such an amazing score.

I grew up on the classic Hollywood Musical, finding for those couple of hours, I was sharing the same experience as others in the theatre.

You may be young in your career but your writing is something amazing. you tap into that place that is helping those who need to hear your work.

I know this might be wondering a bit but how do I say thank you for giving myself (and friends) the gift of being able to stand on our own and that maybe the world is OK. At least in our corner of it anyway.

I know this was a risk before La La Land and Dear Even Hanson, but it was worth it. My copy of Dear Even Hanson is getting a real workout. It gets me through the day.

I cant wait to see what you do next. I know it will be amazing

Thanks Again

Cricket and many fans of The Greatest Showman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greatest Showman — My Take on Why it Worked — Background

 

“No one ever made a difference, by being like everyone else”

P.T Barnum

 

 

2009 — Where were you?

Slumdog Millionaire was best picture at the Oscars

The last live action musical was 23 years ago called “Newsies”

Reason I’m asking you that,  it’s the year pre production started on the movie. Listening to Hugh Jackman and Michael Gracey in interviews, talking about Hugh’s passion of making this movie, his research and trying to convince people to take a chance.

Michael Gracey, (with his trademark beanie)  who gave 8 years of his life to this project, whose vision was stunning. He turned down a lot of other projects during that time, a few that went on and got made. Michael had been Hugh’s director on a commercial when they originally met. Michael’s vision, his attention to detail, was beyond anything in my book. Every part of the movie mattered, not just the sets but all the little things, details that made each scene, or song that much better.

Michael  even worked with Benj Pasek and Jason Paul to create the most amazing sound track. (reading the comments, the kids under 10 are asking for the sound track to be played over and over.) Hugh said its a good song if you wake up the next morning and the song is till in your head. The boys started writing for the project in 2013 (Argo was the best picture from the Oscars) The boys went  on to write “Dear Even Hanson” in 2016  (which you need to listen to, it will change you), they won the Oscar for “La La Land” also in 2016

Keala was on Broadway and picking up the workshops as extra money, in 2015 Keala had a minor role in the Meryl Streep movie “Ricki and the Flash”

 

Why did I tell you all of that?

 

I wanted to show you a bit of why it took so long to get to us, the public. For some reason the suits of the studio’s where not sure that they wanted to take a chance on this. The movie was slow getting started, the reviewers didn’t know anything. The movie started catching on turning out it was a place we could go to shut out the outside world for a couple of hours. Word of mouth is great advertising. I don’t know about anyone else but I walked out happy, finding some confidence to take on my part of the world.

I think we just need some positive in the world today. At times the world can be so overwhelming, hard to figure out whats gong on. Those of us who hide from the world, at times are more alike than we understand. This movie gives us a family of sorts.

Head to the theatres if you have not seen the movie. Hubby and I are going again. Hugh tweeted again that if there is enough interest they will send out the sing a long version again. Call your local theatres, show them that you want to have the experience of the sing a long. (they are so much fun. I went, hubby got upset with me for not getting him a ticket but I will get him one when it’s out again)

Maybe this was the right time Greatest Showman was supposed to be made?

 

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