Oscar Pool

In 6 days you could have a chance to win cash and help cure cancer! The Oscar Pool is up and running! Check out the ballot and send it in with who you think will take home the Oscar. All entries must be received by noon February 27th. Please let me know if you would like an electronic copy sent. Right now you have a great chance of winning!

the $10 challenge

As most of you know, I am training to complete the Chicago Marathon with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program on October 10. In addition to training to complete 26.2 miles I have also committed to raising $2500 that will benefit the Leaukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient aid and cancer research programs. I am getting closer to my goal, but I still need to raise a little over $500. So, I am asking 50 people to donate $10 between now and August 31, 2010. Together we can do this, and to make it a little more fun each donation of $10 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 iTunes gift card!

Interested? Just go to http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/chicago10/bgartley

$10 alone may not seem like a lot, but together the power of our money can save many lives!!


I think I might be going crazy. Okay, maybe I should say I feel like I’m going crazier since I’m already a little bit crazy. I feel like I’m spinning in circles with no end in sight. Between training, practicing, teaching lessons, fundraising, and helping out my parents there never seems to a minute free. It’s part of the reason I haven’t written in a bit.

  • I had been working really hard on some things while I’ve been practicing. There are two pieces that I am suppose to memorize and I’m having the hardest time getting it done. It’s dawned on me that part of the reason is that I’m so stressed out about them. Well, apparently I missed a few other things. My first lesson in three weeks was yesterday, and I got frustrated that things were not as good as I thought they were. I want to be pushed so that I can continue to get better. I wouldn’t pay several hundreds of dollars a month if I didn’t feel that way. I was tired, and speaking emphatically was only making me more frustrated because I didn’t understand. It didn’t help anything else go well yesterday
  • I had to open up another day to teach lessons start in the fall because my schedule is finally full! Yay for more work! The problem is that I am now swamped at a rather crazy time. And then there’s the bit about rescheduling Thursday students that I didn’t originally have when I started accepting orchestra jobs. Never a dull moment!
  • I don’t think I’ve ever trained for a race with this much purpose or intensity. I always train for the races I run, but this one is different. I’m logging more miles than ever before with all the running and crossing training, and logging several strength training workouts a week. It’s making me very hungry, and very tired. I always forget how tired I get when the mileage starts getting really high in the peak training weeks. It almost always affects my violin playing because I’m so tired it’s harder to get the practicing I need in, and I tend to miss things that only end up making my violin lessons frustrating. Getting up at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning to try and avoid some of the heat is wearing me out…
  • To help with fundraising I’ve been working at the consession stand that Team in Training Georgia works at the Braves games. While it’s helping me reach my fundraising goal it’s also an extra 8 hours a game on my feet, which makes training challenging (thank goodness for cross training!!). It is also a job within itself. But I’m within a $1000 of my goal!

Sorry, it’s not a very interesting post. Things are kind of crazy, and there never seems to be enough time at the moment. Hopefully I’ll have more exciting things down the road!