Friday, March 13, 2009
Well, now it's cold here, again. As in, I looked at our thermometer this morning and it said 25. BRRR! I'm not sure where my ear muffs got off to either - I expected not to need them for another 6 or more months! How am I supposed to walk in this. (The puppy also seems to think I'm crazy for wanting to walk far in this. "Short speedy bursts with the tennis ball, please" is what she's saying.)
I'm trying to buckle down to day and be really productive. My productive levels so far have been sporadic, and spring break is wrapping up. I'm not looking forward to "going back to work" next week. I'm really enjoying being able to work here at home and spend a lot of quiet time. Ah well, I'll be happy to see everyone when I arrive for class on Monday.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope it's warmer where you are.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The good: The dog and I have had a couple healthy outside play sessions, and I'm going to take her for a walk before it clouds over much more. It's been lovely the last few days and we've gotten out for a good 30 to 40 minute walk everyday. Lunch was grilled cheese, tomato, and spinach on parmesan crusted whole wheat with an apple and iced tea. Oh, and it's spring break.
The bad: I'm behind on what I wanted to accomplish over spring break, but at the same time, I had some really unrealistic expectations. I'm just going to keep trucking along like I've been and I should be okay, even if my home and work are not PERFECT. Steve's schedule at work has gone from bad to worse, when it was supposed to go from bad to better. (He's regularly working 6 days a week with 12-14 hours days). I hate how his company treats him and I really want him to find a new job. But the job market sucks and he keeps telling me that in his industry, at the management level, he's not going to find a schedule must better than what he has.
The beautiful: It's beautiful here today. I can smell spring in the air. The flowers have started to sprout, telling me that I need to really get out and do some yardwork.
Monday, March 09, 2009
This year has been trucking along far too fast. February was a good dose of stress for me and I know that I pulled up into my shell. We've had some housing trouble, but we're just about through it. We're both feeling mellower and happier now. I'm looking forward to celebrating the return of spring with Ostara right around the corner. It's warmer here, and I hope to have friends over for outdoor grilling often. But, despite the stress some great stuff has happened.
First off, we adopted a puppy in January. She's lab/German shepherd mix, just as sweet as can be and growing like a weed. At 4 months old, she's already 28 pounds. I call her my four-legged work-out program, because she HAS to take a walk everyday. There's no excuses. If she doesn't get her exercise, she starts to eat my shoes and my books and my cats... when she's a little older, I'll start training her to run with me. And when she has the last of her shots, I plan to take her hiking and with me as I train myself for trail running. We're very happy to have her in the family.
The most exciting thing, which lifted a little of February's gloom for me, is an exciting Valentine's Day present: my boyfriend proposed! I suppose I have to call him my fiance now! I'm so excited, and I can't believe he proposed on Valentine's Day. We're looking at a wedding in late 2010, so we have lots of time to plan. Stay posted for wedding related joy and stress!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
In one of the more embarrassing things I've done as an adult, I fell today while I was running. I caught my toe on an uneven sidewalk and went right down on my hands and knees. Apparently, I'm an experienced enough faller that I relaxed, hit the ground and rolled, so that the only real damage is scrapes on my palms (no Downward-facing Dog for a while) and knees (my right arm's also a little sore; I think it took most of the weight). My knees have not been scraped like this since I think I was twelve. Luckily, it was "warm" today, so I wasn't wearing my expensive Underarmor leggings. No damage to property, only my pride!
One of the cars that passed did stop and ask if I was okay, which restored my faith in the human race. I was so high on endorphins from both the run and the fall, that I thanked him, said I was fine, and finished the last 18 minutes of my run. I felt great! Nothing hurt! Why go home? When I finished my cool down, then I began to hurt. Oof... and my knees did not look pretty. Of course, I don't have bandages for knees, so I've jury-rigged dressing with gauze pads and self-sticking gauze tape. This should get me to the drug store to buy neopsorin (which I've lost AGAIN) and bandages designed for knees. Yay!
In much better news, I think I found a running buddy. A friend moved back to the area to work on his LLM in IP law, and his new year's resolution is to be able to run an hour. He has no running experience right now, and we're talking about getting together to run as motivation. That's exciting.
That's all I have to say today! Tomorrow the boy and I leave on vacation to visit my family for a delayed Christmas. I'll be logging in to track food and exercise, but not sure if I'll be able to post.
Friday, January 02, 2009
First off, thank you to everyone who responded to my last blog post (and pointed out how self-defeatist I was being!). I'm happy to report that, while I'm still adjusting, I'm feeling a lot better about things. I've set up some pretty solid routines for myself, and I'm finding that the flexibility works really great with my boyfriend's weird work schedule. I've got our house under some sort of control, and now I'm getting my fitness back under some sort of control. Goodness, does it ever feel great. Even though I "know" that exercise and a healthy diet is the best form of stress management out there, I'm continually surprised at the wonders it does!
So, I'm on the right track, and I'm getting myself back to where I was. (The really terrible lapse at finals which involved too much caffeine, too little sleep, too much red meat, and no exercise is thankfully behind me. Argh, let's not go back to that.)
Today, I'm feeling great about my house, my health, my relationship, and my direction.
How about everyone else? How are YOU doing?
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