Friday, April 20, 2012
Long time, no see!
It's totally my fault. I know, I've been walking past you so fast these days. Trying to avoid looking into your glowing eyes. Trying to pretend you're not really there, calling out to me.
Well, my friend - I'm back. It was nice to walk with you again tonight. And we'll definately hang out a couple times over the weekend, I promise.
Did you like the other new friend I brought along tonight? Isn't she fancy??
She makes me feel a bit like I could do anything I wanted to - even that 1 minute jog! So we'll hang out with Ms. NewShoes again, too.
Her other half (better half... partner in crime... whatever) was there too, but you might have missed him. Mr. NewInsoles was quietly tagging along, but very hard to see.
All together, I think we make a great team, the 4 of us. I just need to remember to hang out with y'all a lot more often!!
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I LOVE celebrating birthdays! How exciting is it to know that we are special and alive and loved!!
Today, I turned 39. I'm totally OK with owning up to that. Although, I have to admit I find it almost incomprehensible that I am just 365 days away from 40.
I used to think that was so.... grown up! And yet, I still feel like the same me I've always been. Well, mostly, I guess.
I know I've matured and changed - but I don't FEEL older. Isn't that always how it is?! ;)
So - happy birthday to me!!
I celebrated by buying a Kindle Fire (with a gift card from my parents). I'll have it by Friday and I'm excited to begin to build my eLibrary. I have quite a few fitness and health books on my wishlist! ;)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So I went to Roadrunner Sports tonight. I wanted them to do their "thing" and tell me what I need for shoes.
AMAZING trip - if somewhat depressing.
Greeted as I walked in the door - with a smile and a genuine welcome. I immediately felt better about being the fat girl in a fitness store. Not a questioning glance, not a strange look. Just a wonderfully warm welcome. They have AWESOME staff there.
Lisa called me over a few minutes later for my evaluation-thing-a-ma-bob. Was really awesome to actually get someone to LOOK at this all and help me figure out what is up with me.
Note: walking barefoot on a treadmill is WEIRD. And this coming from a girl who prefers to be barefoot!!
Lisa explained everything and made me feel like someone important to her. Again - it's a retail store and I'm NOT their ideal customer - BUT I felt like a queen. She was attentive and helpful and fun!
Then she took my info over and introduced me to Bryan. Didn't just point me toward the shoes and tell me "someone will be with you in a few minutes" - she walked me over, brought Bryan to me and introduced us - handshakes and all.
Bryan was awesome. Encouraging and informative and also fun. We tried quite a few shoes on and I had a hard time explaining what was different - but he didn't "coach" me for the answers he was looking for. Just waited for me to explain things well... and then when I said the "magic words" explained WHY he was waiting for me to say the things I did. Super excellent job.
The sad part is that I can't afford any of it.
The insoles are exactly what I need. The shoes were amazing.
And I'm too broke to do anything about it. *sigh*
I'm going to shop around and see what I can manage (really hope I can at least purchase the insoles from them). I'm just so TIRED of living check-to-check. I'm tired of stressing about it. I'm tired of it all.... really.
So it was a night of highs and lows... and right now I'm feeling kind of low...
Edit: So the original title was "I HATE BEING POOR!" which is still, and probably always will be, true.
Financially, our trouble is that I was out of work last year for 3 months, and we borrowed a LOT of money from friends and family and haven't yet been able to pay it back. So even if I HAD all the money I needed for the beautiful shoes we picked out, my conscience wouldn't let me spend that money on myself anyway.
I was whining on FB (I try not to do it often, but I was really upset) and one of my friends sent me a message. Of course now I'm feeling guilty, but I'd forgotten he owns a runner's store back in PA. He want's to work with his Saucony rep to get me a pair... no charge. I'm humbled and overwhelmed... and feeling kinda guilty. I didn't MEAN to get him to give me a pair (heck, I forgot he even had a shop of I would have just asked what he was charging for them)... but I might be able to get my shoes after all.
Because I have awesome friends.
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