This Sunday, October 6th I will be at the Cabin John Mall Atrium from 12-4:30 reading and signing my latest Egret The Elephant book – Egret the Elephant: Volume 2. I will have the first edition of Volume 1 there as well (on sale). For those that don’t know, Egret is a 5 year old elephant who loves to dance, especially under the moon. She loves her family, friends and adventures. Each volume contains beautifully illustrated stories, told in verse, that are perfect for bedtime stories. While light hearted and fun, the stories teach valuable lessons of life, love, dreams, and friendships. Great for children of all ages!
On Monday I will be reading to each class at the Beth Sholom ECC. If your kids are at the Beth Sholom ECC and you would like to purchase copies of Egret the Elephant: Volume 1 and/or Volume 2, please go to http://www.coreyjfpublishing.com/shop/category/egret-the-elephant-series/
OK so it’s been over a year since I was able to really run regularly. It started with an injury during a 1/2 marathon. Which lead into a long winter of even longer hours and lots of illnesses. Summer was also long hours, major changes and well, I broke several ribs.
On the illnesses/injury front we are hoping for a major change. When Josh was 3, he got sick all the time. Once we did tonsils, tubes and adenoids he has barely been sick since (not counting the headaches – which like the eardrums I am pretty sure he has my genome to blame). So this year, in a couple weeks actually, Elijah is scheduled to go under the knife for his tonsils. Hopefully with those gone, my little germ factory will cease its constant production of household illnesses. My ribs are pretty much healed. Though too much pressure on them still hurts, but I am sure that is the mussel/tissue around the bones. I can finally breather without pain. Breathing is good!
On the work front, for those who don’t know I left my day job. I was there for almost a decade and nearly 1/2 my HR career. Which means I started HR when I was 14 or so, according to my age math. It’s odd after being there so long. When I started there I had just started dating Melissa. Nearly 10 years and 2 kids later… Anyway, so I started a new company which essentially has two connected divisions. I opened my own small publishing business and I am doing web hosting and development. My site is at www.coreyjfpublishing.com. Please feel free to check it out. I am still in the process of republishing my old work under my own house, but I do have Egret the Elephant Volume 2 up as well as a brilliant poet’s poetry book – Preservation by Akiva J. Savett. This post was supposed to be about running, not a plug for my new company, but Chanukah is coming early so if you need a great book for your kids, Egret 2 is even better than 1. Also for you or your spouse, Preservation is truly amazing. Or maybe you are tired of your old website and what something fresh, all of my development packages come with a year of free hosting. Or if you just want to switch hosts, I offer great rates with multiple daily backups and once daily offsite backup included in all hosting tiers.
As for HR, I haven’t entirely removed my hand from industry. I am doing consulting work. But now I get to do much of my work at home in my PJ’s, always a life long dream of mine. It’s funny, I probably work more hours now, especially as I regularly work Sundays, but I have no more painful commute and I get to see my kids every day! Not just on weekends. I even occasionally drop off them and or pick them up from school. I am forced to dress and travel to various Starbucks and other yummy places to drop off bookmarks and maybe partake in a semi-dry cappuccino . But I am willing to endure those slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
OK so back to the topic at hand – more hours but much more flexibility working from home. So today starts my first step back into regular running. I am trying for preconceptions or really ego issues. I know I am essentially starting over. When Melissa and I first talked about today, I said, sure I will take it light, keep it to 7 miles and not worry about speed. She talked me done to 3 or so. But even that might be a stretch at this point. I am actually going to start back with my old route I used when I first started running again. It is right around 3 miles, I think. But I went from walking the last 1/2 of it to a 20+ mile run in less than 6 months. I am hoping the same will hold true. Though I plan to do a little more mixing things up this time. Last time I just did running and strength training. This time I would like to add swimming and biking into the mix at some point. Yes that does mean I want to do a triathlon. Were shall see.
So I am off for my first run, wish me luck , if anyone still reads my blog. That is another thing, regular writing will also resume, including blogging.
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