Friday, May 1, 2009

a day in the life

today at work i got to climb the absorber (the thing that takes the sulfur dioxide out of the flue gas / the thing that takes what causes acid rain and other pollutants out of the smoke omitted from a power plant*). zzzz bored yet? (except maybe leana and meredith with their scientifical engineer minds)

climbed all the way to the top.

i probably haven't mentioned this, but i have this slight fear of heights.

i clutched both handrails as i ascended 600 feet or so above the ground, with nothing but metal grating beneath me. i had to stop a few times to fight off the urge to puke. i'm really not good with heights. i tried concentrating on looking straight out, but my eyes kept diverting to their peripherals... which would then drift downwards... not good. i was a big scaredy cat the whole time but i made it all the way up and even let go of the handrail for a few minutes.

super-nervous dork, with the beautiful ohio river behind me.
i'm dressed up compared to my usual t-shirt.

check out my steel-toed "running shoes". i get made fun of them for that anyway. wouldn't recommend running in them - the steel is not that comfortable and a bit heavy.

going down was an adventure as well, but i made it down without panicking too much.

after work it started raining pretty hard so i hopped on my beloved friend, sir treadmill, for a little run. to keep myself distracted, i randomly decided to do ~15 minutes easy (7.0mph), 10 min @ 8.0 (~7:30 pace), 5 min @ 7.0, 10 min @ 8.5 (~7:03 pace), and then however much longer easy til i got to 6 miles. i didn't struggle during the 8.0 or 8.5 sections so that was nice to see/feel.

tons of people are racing this weekend so good luck to everyone! i'll be sure have a mint julep for each of you at the kentucky derby tomorrow. ;-)

*i sure couldn't have come up with this myself. thank goodness j is an engineer and knows the ins and outs of flue gas desulfurization.
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  1. great pic! great job conquering your fear :) have a fantastic weekend, hope the rain stops.

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  2. 600 feet? i would have requested a safety harness (and a sedative beforehand). you are much braver than me :)

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  3. Nice pic! (Seriously). You're going to the Kentucky Derby?! Nice! I'll keep an eye out for you. (JK). By the way, I hate heights also. Luckily I live in a ranch style home, so even cleaning out the gutters isn't so bad. Unless I get stuck on the roof, but that's another story!

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  4. Great job going up in the sky! Ana-Maria

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  5. There must have been some nice views from up there... too bad your eyes were probably clamped shut from fear, eh... :)

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  6. Wow that is high.

    Ooh, Derby! I've never had a mint julep so let me know if I liked it :)

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  7. hmm...the absorber or running? I think I'd have to choose running. Not a fan of heights either..:/

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  8. Lindsay, I so feel your pain on the heights! I had to climb up to the helicopter pad of an offshore oil rig (before it got towed out to sea) and I have never been so scared in my life. It was windy and all I wanted was to just lie down on the pad since for sure I couldn't be blown off over the side then, right?

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  9. Cute sneaks and hat. I'm catching back up on blog reading now that my Boston race report is done. So, I'm hoping you have a good derby race report when it's all over...

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  10. I was wondering what it was that your company did! And girl, let me just say that if you are "slightly" afraid of heights, then I am "completely" afraid of them. You would not have gotten me that high in the air, let alone 30 feet. And going down, yeah I would have puked, or you would have to hit me and make me unconscious.

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  11. Have you ever been treated for scoliocis? Your shoulders look as askew as mine are, and I have a low back S-shaped curve.

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