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10k Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 31 May 2009

Distance: 6.5 mi
Time: 1h23m29s
Pace: 12:51
Notes: Ugh. Not a good run. I walked a total of 8 minutes. But I did it and that’s what matters.

Total Weekly Distance: 19.5 mi
Total Weekly Time: 3:49:21 min

Weekly stats from LogYourRun weekly log feature

10k Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 30 May 2009

Distance: 5mi
Time: 1h1m55s
Pace: 12:23
Notes: This was not a good run. And to all you new runners who might be reading this, remember this: You will have bad days running just like you have bad hair days. Run it off so you can get to the good running day.

Now for the story. It started when we bought chili peppers at Toom. All of this could have been avoided if we hadn’t made that one poor choice. Oh well.

Later, Rob was prepping the veggies for our risotto when he got to the peppers. I (dumbly) challenged him to take a bite of one. “What’ll you give me if I do?” he retorted. I told him that if he did it, I would do it. He took a bite, and then it was my turn. Please note that he started at the end, the side farthest away from the part of the pepper that was attached to the stalk. Rob hadn’t acted like the pepper was too hot, so I wasn’t too worried.

Let’s take a moment to talk about my and Rob’s tolerance for spicy foods. I am a wimp. As soon as something is slightly spicy, I start inhaling sharply (the air seems to help?), crying, and fanning my mouth. Rob is a bit better. He doesn’t complain about the spiciness in his mouth too much, but he starts sweating. If it wasn’t too hot for him, it would be kind of hot for me, I reasoned.

I took a bite–probably about 1.25″–and started chewing. But then I started coughing. “Really?!” Rob said, almost laughing. Then I started crying uncontrollably. And then squealing all the way to the kitchen and the milk carton.

Apparently, the part Rob tasted wasn’t very spicy. It was the tip of the pepper, and there weren’t any seeds. He was genuinely surprised that I my tongue was experiencing what incineration is like.

The milk helped some, but as soon as I stopped drinking it, the burn returned. It felt like someone had taken sandpaper to one side of my tongue, the side of my mouth that I had chewed the pepper on. So I drank more milk and just sloshed it around in my mouth for a few seconds before swollowing. At first this seemed to not be doing anything at all. So I grabbed a slice of Gouda and just let it melt on my tounge. Nothing. More milk. Some pretzels and curry dip. I don’t advise using anything salty to cure a spicy tongue.

Finally, it was a bowl of Sahne Kefir with corn flakes mixed in that soothed the pain. Thank goodness.

This little fiasco took place about an hour before we ran, so my tummy was full of milky stuff. I felt like I was running with a fake pregnant belly strapped on to me. Then, after about 2.75 miles, a serial killer sliced my shoulder, from the base of my neck to the place where my should bone starts. Well, not really, but that is what the pain felt like. I finally stopped and just stretched it. That helped ease that pain and it finally went away. At this point, I just told Rob that today’s run was destined to be a bad one and he finished at his own pace while I just kept keepin’ on. I was determined not to walk, and I didn’t. But I got side splits at about 4 miles.

I made some poor, poor food choices today, but we’re having some good carbs tonight and I won’t be snacking on any peppers tomorrow, so hopefully our 7 miler will go down without a hitch. Here’s hopin’.

10k Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 27/28 May 2009

Ah, running season. We kinda took October until April off because Germany had a really cold winter and we agreed at the beginning of this German adventure to spend any and all extra money on vacations to London/Liverpool, Prague/Kutna Hora/Plzen, and Rome instead of things like gym memberships, cars, new clothes, food, and any other things that aren’t absolute non-essentials.

So now that we are seeing consistent temps above 40, we are running again, and it’s great! We even signed up for a 10k in Berlin on August 22, the 10k Champions Run, which is part of the 12th IAAF World Championship in Athletics. I don’t know why, but one of my huge running motivators isn’t a cute new dress or skinny jeans–as much as I enjoy those things. The thing that will get me off my butt and into my trainers better than anything is having a race on the calendar.

Speaking of trainers, one of the running stores in Giessen, Runners Point, had a huge 25% off EVERYTHING sale a few weeks ago. We went shopping. Rob and I both got new shoes (Nike Free 3.0, Rob’s red and mine pink on white), and I got a new pair of running shorts and a cute hoodie-type top. Later on, we found a cute running skirt* for 10 EUR that perfectly matched the shoes. I couldn’t pass it up, as I have been wanting to try one out since I heard about them from Vanilla.

I have to admit, I felt very self-conscious when I donned it for the first time yesterday, but I took a picture for you, dear readers** so that you could see for yourself.

Linden in new running outfit

One thing I noticed almost immediately about running–for the first time–in a color coordinated outfit which includes a running skirt is that you stand out. People on our Fußgängerzone  we live on were staring at me. It made me want to look more like a real runner in more ways that just my dedication to looks cute on the trail, and I blame my fast 3 mile time on the new outfit. Maybe I should have waited until right before the 10k to get the new outfit, or maybe I just discovered the best way to improve my time. Women, who’s with me? BTW: My goal for the 10k Champions Run is 60 minutes. That would be my fastest 10k time ever.

Okay, one last bit of news to squeeze in. Now that I am running again, I will have a reason to use the ProWash detergent I was asked to review a way long time ago. I was super excited to be asked to review this stuff, which is specially made to treat the stench that athletic gear gets. I don’t know why, but my Enell (aka The Oprah Bra) gets a stink that could rival a 6-year-old jock strap. I don’t know if it’s the synthetic materials or if my boobs just have their own particular brand of stink, but I don’t like it. If Pro Wash works like it says it does, I’ll be one happy runner. Stay tuned for a full review and a giveaway!

Okay, time for the stats. I’ll be updating these daily, like The Other Sarah does with her workouts. Hopefully that’ll keep me on my toes!

27 May 2009

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 28m57s
Pace: 9:39 m/mi
Notes: I haven’t run in a couple weeks, so this started off as an “easy 3 miler.” But I found my groove early on and we were booking it. I started to feel it after about 1.75 miles, but I think that was just my inevitable “hit the half-way mark” slump. I don’t like this mental trap, and I need to get over it. It’s a killer.

28 May 2009

Distance: 5 miles
Time: 55m
Pace: 11 m/mi
Notes: We did some fartleks and I think that’s the only reason I finished in 55 minutes today. I have got to get a new inhaler. But I kinda don’t want to go to the doctor. So I’m just going to deal with it and hope the pollen goes away soon.

* I later discovered that it is actually a tennis skirt, but I don’t care.

** I actually took the picture to email to my running partner to make sure that she will still want to be seen in public with me. Thankfully, she does. Galloway Rock, here I come!

Twitter Q&A: Hashtags

Edit: Check out the end of the post for an update regarding a third-part application that makes dealing with hashtags much easier.

Ever since Sarah (@sarahjoaustin) and I (@xgravity23) published our series on the True Beginner’s Guide to Twitter and the corresponding free eBook, I have been getting questions about Twitter. Some are easily answered in a tweet or quick email, but this one from @lorraR I thought deserved to be a blog post. If you have any questions about Twitter, feel free to DM me or send me an email at lam(at)lindenamueller(dot)com!

Question: How do I create a hashtag?

Well, technically, all you have to do is tweet it to create it. I usually do a Twitter search before initial use of a hashtag I plan to use over and over (like #09creowksp) to make sure no one else is using it.

You can also check Hashtags.org or Tagal.us. I have found Hashtags.org fairly unusable, though, up until the latest redesign. For now, though, I check Tagal.us first, then Hashtags.

You have to create an account before you can start defining hashtags on the Tagal.us site. Once you’ve set up your account, you can see if your desired tag is in use and define it or add your own definition (remember, words often have more than one definition–think “table” which can be a noun or a verb) or comment on a tag.

One drawback to Tagal.us and Hashtags.org: that information isn’t accessible to Twitter users who aren’t using those sites. For this reason alone, Sarah and I came up with the #define hashtag.

Recommended: define new hashtags

Recommended: define new hashtags

The first time you tweet with your new hashtag should be a tweet that begins with “#newHashtag #define”–even if you’ve defined your tweet elsewhere–so that if a user uses Twitter search to see if a hashtag is in use, they will still find a definition. (Hopefully. See below.) That way, they’ll know if that tag is the one they want, and you won’t run the risk of have your tag used for some unrelated event, idea, or purpose.

Interesting fact: Tagal.us can also be useful for other sites, like Flickr and YouTube. See their About page for more info.

Twitter’s Much Touted Search is Broken?

I wrote the bulk of this post almost a month ago, and I let it fester because I could not explain why Twitter search and Hashtags.org can’t find my 20 some-odd posts from the 2009 8th Creolistics Workshop, which I taged with #09creowksp (here’s the tweet where I used #define to tell others what I that new hashtag would be referring to). You  Ican find it at Tagal.us, but only because I defined it myself–it actually show any Twitter results, though (no surprise). I just went back through all my tweets and tagged the #09creowksp ones at Diigo so there is hard proof that they do indeed exist, despite what Twitter search says.

Just today I stumbled across Louis Gray complaining that Twitter’s much-touted real-time search is broken, and I felt relieved. I wasn’t crazy, but I have found yet another very broken part of Twitter, one that they are proud of, one that is at least part of the attraction from potential buyers like Google and others (including Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple). Why doesn’t it work as far (not-so-far??) back as April? I like Twitter, obviously, but this is, in my book, more serious than the recent @ reply debacle.

Update: WTHashtag

Thanks to Mike at WTHashtag (see comments below), I can tell you about another service that makes defining and searching hashtags from within Twitter. They offer many services similar to Tagal.us, but offer some sweet stuff on top, including a live-stream of top hashtags, a chart of who is using a hashtag most frequently, and a bot on Twitter, @wthashtag, who you can DM to find the definition of a hashtag (if it has been defined in their system).

They automatically track top trending hastags, so if you are creating your own, be sure to log in and define it before using it so that the system will track it for you (regardless of whether or not Twitter’s search will remember it!).

8 Things: I’ve Been Tagged

I don’t usually post survey-type memes on this blog (for me, those usually belong in a Facebook note), but after being tagged by both Sarah and Teresa, I just couldn’t hold out any longer.

8 Things I Am Looking Forward To

  1. July 31: Moving to Berlin for our last 6 weeks in Germany
  2. August 14: Celebrating 5 exciting years as Mrs. Robert Mueller
  3. August 13-15: Rob has planned a little surprise getaway for our 5th. He wasn’t even going to tell me until the night before, but something came up professionally (creolistics workshop) and he had reveal that he had something planned. FUN!
  4. September 10: Moving home to Springfield!
  5. September 10: Being in the same state as most of my family and friends
  6. September 10: Did I mention I’m excited about September 10, 2009?
  7. October 18: Daniel and Edi’s wedding
  8. November 23: I’ll become Auntie Lindy for the first time (thanks, Daniel and Edi!)

8 Things I Did Yesterday

  1. Woke up at 8
  2. Taught two General Language Courses
  3. Graded some vocabulary presentations
  4. Uploaded a ton of documents (past quizzes with answers) to Stud.IP (Germany’s version of Blackboard)
  5. Cried at one of my students’ This I Believe essays
  6. Set a high score in Flight Control (237 planes landed!)
  7. Went to bed at 12
  8. Dreamt that I was on a–get this–inflatable boat (?) with the ex-husband of one of my friends (?!) and we were riding around the very compact and busy harbor. Very strange.

8 Things I’d Like To Do

  1. Become a mommy
  2. Earn my PhD
  3. Run some more marathons
  4. Learn to ride a unicycle
  5. Visit the Great Wall of China
  6. Go to Oktoberfest
  7. Learn to play the guitar
  8. Ride a gondola in Venice

8 Shows I Watch

  1. LOST
  2. Prison Break
  3. The Soup
  4. Big Brother/Survivor plus I Love New York/Double Shot at Love/other pointless-yet-entertaining reality shows
  5. Liverpool FC soccer games
  6. Whatever else Rob watches (I’m not a big TV person), like: Sopranos
  7. Rome
  8. John Adams

8 People I Tag (And People Whose Blogs You Should Read)

  1. Beth/James at Teco Teca
  2. Lorraine at Lorraine Design
  3. Sabre at Bored Games
  4. ww at Colorless Green Ideas
  5. Kevin at 5ksAndCabernets
  6. Tenkuangel at the (non)adventures of khoss.
  7. Vanilla at Half-Fast.org
  8. You! If you are reading this post and have a blog or a Facebook, YOU’RE IT! Leave a comment to let us know where to find your post.

Writing Prompt: Which Sense Would You Give Up?

I asked my Writing 2 students to respond to the following prompt (which was related to a reading we did from Models for Writers), and I thought it would be fun to do the same.

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Question: If you had to give up one of your five senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch), which would you choose and why?

Too many Oreos? I think not!

Too many Oreos? I think not!

If I was forced to sacrifice one sense in order to keep the other four, it would be an easy choice: I would give up my sense of taste. Food is one of my weakness. I eat when I’m starving, hungry, or satiated. I eat when I’m happy, but I also I eat when I am stressed and when I am depressed. I like to snack when I am grading or studying because it gives my hands and mouth something to do and I seem to need that in order to focus. I snack when I am on long car rides. I like to get popcorn at the movie theater. I like to eat when I’m watching a cooking show (like Hell’s Kitchen or Top Chef), and I like to eat when I’m watching any show.

And I don’t stick to carrot sticks and healthy food. My favorite munchy is Cheez-its, but I like barbecue chips, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, dips, cookies, and cereal for snacks. I love a good steak or salad drenched in ranch, bleu cheese, or Caesar dressing.

A large part of this problem is the tactile/oral stimulation (I’m sure Freud would say something about my development as a baby/toddler). I don’t always eat for the enjoyment of the food. I don’t only eat because my belly is telling me that I need nourishment. I eat for emotional reasons. I eat because I am tempted by the delicious saltiness, extreme cheesiness, rich meatiness. I take “one more bite” because the last Cheez-it didn’t taste perfect and I want the right taste to linger in my mouth even when I’m done.

If I didn’t have my sense of taste, I would be able to stop when I said “last one.” It would be super easy to choose dressing-less salad over fried buffalo wings. I wouldn’t need to dip my chips or snack on sugar-loaded candy. I would pick veggies as a snack food because the sensation of eating carrots or celery would be closer to that of eating a cruncy cracker or chip and the flavor wouldn’t matter so much. I’m not saying I would make this choice so I could be skinny, but rather because it would make it so much easier to make healthful food choices.

Don’t get me wrong: it would be sad to never taste Mom’s mexican casserole or potato casserole, Grandma Oakes’s turkey stuffing, or Grandma and Grandpa Hargett’s famous chili. I would hate to miss out on all the new flavors our friends, the Baileys have introduced us to over the past 18 months.

But I would rather forgo those pleasures for being able to drive myself around, see and take pictures,  get joy from seeing smiles and the happiness in a friend’s eyes.

I would rather not taste another Cheez-it than not be able to have the visceral responses to Aspen cologne (which will always remind me of Dad) or Rob’s scent.

I would gladly give up taste for the sound of laughter, familiar voices, and wide range of innuendos that voice betrays.

Who needs taste when I can enjoy the softness of my husband’s embrace, the refresing sensation of walking on cool for the first time after a long winter, the way raindrops feel when the land on your skin?

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What sense would you give up? Why?

It’s Time to Play… Family Feud!

I will be playing Family Feud in some of my classes in a couple weeks, and I needs some answers to make the game authentic. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the following form and help me out. If you have trouble with the form, try this link or email me [ lam(at)lindenamueller(dot)com ] and I can email the form to you. If the form does not appear below (for whatever reason), please just click here to go to the form online.

Thanks in advance for your time!

Do You Want to Start Running?

Last week, a long-time friend of mine asked me some questions about running because she wants to start moving to get healthy. I’ll keep her identity a secret for now, but I really wanted to share my answers to her questions because  I know there are people out there wondering the same things.

Is it really that fun? Sometimes yes, but many times no. It’s not “Whoopee! Hee haw! What a jolly bit of fun!” It’s fun in the “I just challenged myself, pushed myself, and I was successful” sort of way. In the “Wow, I never thought I would be doing this” sort of way. One way to make it more “What a blast!” fun is to find a good running partner.

Why do I do it? For the sexy legs. For the hot bod. For the mental and emotional peace it brings. For the de-stressing power of that physical activity. For the deep, hard sleep that physical activity brings. For the long-term health benefits. For the time in nature (if you can find a nature-y place to run in). For the good soreness that comes after a satisfying workout. For the races and medals. For the camaraderie. For the friendship (if you can find a good running partner).

What should I do to start? If you are like I was before I started, you can’t run more than 2 minutes without wanting to head home and return your running shoes. I started with the American Running Association’s 12-week walk/run program (PDF). I only made it half-way through before I quit (I ran two 30-minute runs before the weather got cold and I lost motivation), but that was enough. When I started up the following spring, I had no trouble doing 30 minutes with a few walk breaks.

Then, pick a 5k to run. If you complete the ARA’s Walk/Run program, a 5k will be just a little bit of a push for you. Then, you just decide what you want to run. I like longer distances, like 10ks and half-marathons (21.1k) the best.
Why enter a race? It really helps me to have a goal that I am working towards. When I have a race on my calendar, I am probably twice as likely to stick to my running plan. It’s much easier to say, “Well, I don’t really feel like running today” when you aren’t training for something.

The key idea is to increase distance and difficulty (how fast you run, how hard you push) incrementally. Don’t try to do too much too early or you’ll burn out or worse–get injured. I could barely run  when I first started, but by adding length over time, I made it all the way to marathon distance!

Any info/websites/ideas you want to share? Well, the race trick is the first one. The second is to find a good running partner. On the days when even a race isn’t enough to get you to hit the trail, a running partner will be there to pressure you. Sarah never needed to pressure me explicitly. It was enough just to know that I would have to tell her, “I don’t really want to run today.” And on the days when I had the guts to do that, she would say, “Yeah, me neither. But we’ll feel better about this crappy day after a run.” Or “Yeah me neither. But we’re doing it anyway.” Or “Yeah, me neither. But it’s 6:30 and I’m already awake, so you’d better be there when I get to the park.” :)

But a running partner’s work isn’t done once you get on the trail. If you’re alone, there’s no one to tell you that you can do it, no one to encourage you to push a little longer before taking a walk break. No one to pick up the pace for a few hundred feet. No one to high-five when you complete a good run. No one to tell you how sexy your legs look because she understands oh-so-very well what all those legs went through to get sexy. And on the not-so-sexy side: Your running partner is there to play look-out when you have to void in the middle of run.

Running partners also tell you about sales at the local running store or website. They help you find good deals on gels and water bottles and visors.

How do you find a good running partner? I’m not really sure. I found the best running partner through chance, fate, an act of God. You need to find someone who’s schedule is somewhat compatible with yours and who is at a similar fitness level. If they are too fast for you, you’ll always feel bad for slowing them down, and they might not have the motivation to stick with your partnership for very long. If you’re too fast for them, you won’t be getting the push you need and you might not have to the motivation to stick with it.

Now to the websites.

  • LogYourRun.com: I love this website. It was started by some guys in St. Louis and it has everything you need from a running website: maps to see how far you ran today and to create courses you run regularly, a personal best page, forums to chat with other runners, iGoogle and iPhone/iPod Touch integration (their mobile site is very usable), and groups to connect privately with your running friends. Sarah and I started this group, Awesome Runners of Springfield, and it’s a great way to encourage others to keep up the hard work.
  • HalHigdon.com: Hal is a classic. If you need good beginner, intermediate, or advanced training plans for all distances, this is the site for you. All of my training plans were either directly from Hal or a combination (I mixed the beginner and intermediate marathing training plans for the Berlin marathon).
  • To find races in the Springfield area, the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners site is a great place to start. For true Southwest Missouri races, check the Joplin Roadrunners site.
  • Runners’ Lounge: This is a great site to help you connect with other runners and they have excellent resources and very accessible site managers, Amy and Tom. Amy is on Twitter (but she hasn’t updated for a while) and Facebook, and both Amy and Tom are good about responding to you if you post in a forum or when you join. They are very active in the community they have created and it’s very inviting! There is also a more general Runners’ Lounge Twitter account which is seeing much more action. If you join, here’s my profile–feel free to add me!
  • Running bloggers! There are so many out there who have given me inspiration when I needed it. Here are some of my favorites.
    • Vanilla at Half-Fast is funny and creative. Not to mention amazingly intelligent and sexy. And obviously better, faster, stronger, and more handsome than Viper or Nitmos. *
    • Topher at I’ll Run From Donuts (Or the Artist Formerly Known as I Run For Donuts): A runner in the Kansas City area who runs so he can eat (like me!), but who is more recently trying to eat better (hence the new name).
    • Frayed Laces is always inspirational to me. She is always doing something new and amazing with the tenacity of a bulldog. Multiple marathons, some on a whim, and recently, the Boston Marathon.
    • Kevin at 5ks and Cabernets a Texas runner who loves wine and his adorable son. He inspires me because he’s always pushing himself and reminding me that I need to do that (I’m more of a comfort zone runner).
    • Finally, Morgan at Morgan Gets Thin is inspiring because she is real and honest on her blog. She talks about her weight loss and her struggle to maintain that loss, the struggle to exercise when she doesn’t want to and the struggle to say no to food when she wants to say yes. I am not obese, but I struggle with portion control and what might be called light binging, so I always relate to the struggles Morgan blogs about.

In the end, for me, running comes down to saying, “Yes, I will run today.”

If you have great running websites, inspiring running bloggers, or running advice for newbies to share, leave it in the comments!

* I want to stay on Vanilla’s good side and I know he likes flattery to hear how awesome he is.

Linden vs. Tuesday

In the rich tradition of Katy vs. Wednesday and Sarah vs.  Monday, Linden enters the ring with Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 5, was a pretty icky day for Linden. In the end, Tuesday won, but not without a fight. Here’s our match breakdown.

8:45, door buzzer. It’s the Schornsteinfeger (“chimney sweepers”). They are both wearing cute-as-a-button old-fashioned looking suits. The older, rosy cheeked one even had a top hat on. The younger one was just cute, and I learn a new German word. Tuesday 0, Linden 1.

9:15, bike accident. The rider in front of me slowed down, then darted left. I hit my brakes just as she feinted left, but it wasn’t enough. Our tires overlapped and I hit the ground. Technically, this should give Tuesday a thousand million points, but our game doesn’t work that way so it stands: Tuesday 1, Linden 1.

9:16, bike accident: aftermath. Handlebars turned 180 degrees, but I fixed it (I win). Front brake handle completely snapped off (Tuesday win). Front light askew, but still working (tie). My favorite ring (the infamous “ridiculously redundant Rome ring”) is broken (Tuesday win). Tuesday 3, Linden 2.

11:40, forgotten quiz. While making copies, I remember that I have “promised” my students a Common Errors quiz today and that I had forgotten to make it up and copy it. Tuesday 4, Linden 2.

11:45, quiz fiasco recovered. Luckily, the quiz is fairly easy to put together, so after a few frantic moments and some deep breaths, the quiz is printing and I am calm again. Who needs a copier when you have a laser jet printer in your office! Tuesday 5, Linden 3.

11:48, minor quiz fiasco. Unfortunately, I just told the printer to print 37 copies. Not 37 copies of the first page only (I put the answer key on page 2 and some of it had spilled onto page 3). Tuesday 6, Linden 3.

11:53, bike accident: aftermath part deux. I finally found myself with a few minutes to breathe and I notice a throbbing pain in  my right knee and elbow. In both places, the tender top layer of skin was scraped off in my bike accident and scabs have developed. Tuesday 7, Linden 3.

12:20, paper cut. My students are taking a Common Error quiz. I am arranging my notes when a sheet of paper jumpts out and bites me, and it’s a bleeder! Tuesday 8, Linden 3.

12:21, remembered items. I go to my office (which is conveniently right next door to the room where 5 of 6 of my classes are this semester) to get a Tempo to stop the bleeding and realize I forgot the time notification cards and voice recorder I will need during student speeches. Tuesday is foiled again! Tuesday 8, Linden4.

14:23, paper cut part deux. Same scenario as before, second round. And I lost. Again. Tuesday 9, Linden 4.

20:15, first* eBook published. Sarah and I get together online, put the finishing touches on our eBook, “A True Beginner’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter,” and publish it almost five weeks after our series of the same name posted. Tuesday 9, Linden 5.

Nothing else eventful happened the rest of the day–thank goodness. Tuesday kicked my butt this week, and so early in the day! I made a few late points, but it wasn’t enough to take the victory from this wretched day. And only now–two days later–am I able to reflecton it with any amount of fairness.

* I am not promising that there will be a second, but just in case, ya know?

Trying to Figure out Twitter? Try Our Free eBook!

a-true-beginners-guide-to-getting-the-most-out-of-twitter-300If you are new to Twitter, you might be overwhelmed with all of the ins and outs of this popular service. If you have time, you should check out the blog series that Sarah (@SarahJAustin) and I (@xgravity23) wrote several weeks ago. The four posts break down Twitter into manageable bird bites: Twitter basics; making the most of Twitter’s advanced features; how to get the most out of Twitter on the web, at your desk, on the go; and our favorite tools and resources.

Maybe you have time to read all four posts (or already have!). Or maybe you want to get all of this great Twitter info in one place. Well, have I got a surprise for you!

Today, we are releasing an eBook, “A True Beginner’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter” (PDF), which puts all of the great guides, links, and resources in one nifty PDF file for you take with you offline and share with others as much as you’d like. Sarah and I have had so much fun putting it together, with the expert and gracious design work of Sarah’s husband Chris, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

If you want to link to it on your blog, all we ask is that link to our blogs or Twitter profiles. Enjoy, and let us know if you have any question at all.