Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sick Day Brain Dump

I’m home sick today with some sort of stomach bug. At least it’s not the flu, huh? Things could definitely be worse! I started to feel better at one point this afternoon, then just tried to eat a regular dinner and am immediately regretting it. Ahh, recovering from a stomach bug. It’s a wonderful thing, huh?
Since I haven’t blogged in awhile, I thought I’d give you some brain dump style life updates:

Mile a Day Challenge
I’ve been fairly strong since January 5th when it started…that was, until yesterday. We’re having some cold weather here, VERY cold. As in the weatherman said we’d be struggling to make it into the mid-teens. All week. So with some 9 degree weather yesterday and some sore muscles in my ankle, I decided I could take one day off. And then today, stomach bug. Not great running conditions. So I’ve missed two days. But I’ve run 19 in a row. So you can’t really be disappointed in that. As long as I still beat Yvonne!

Babies, Babies, Everywhere
Seriously, it’s been baby month! Close friends, blog friends, co-workers, there are new babies everywhere! It definitely gives me baby fever. I know the time is not right for Chris and I, and it won’t be for awhile, we have lots of other things on our life lists to accomplish before we welcome a baby into our family, but that doesn’t prevent me from starting to look at baby blogs and make secret Pinterest baby boards. I figured I started reading wedding stuff online in 2009, a year before I was engaged and two years before I was married. So if we look at my track record…I just like to be over prepared.

Winter Fun
Chris and I have had lots of fun so far in 2013, including two holiday parties for his job. One of the parties was actually a “ball” and was a black-tie affair. I think it may be the first black-tie event I’ve been to that wasn’t a prom! It felt very grown up and elegant (and yes, I am aware, I’m definitely on the cose-to-30-side of my twenties), and being a doctor’s wife, I imagine many such events in my future. Maybe it will get old after awhile, but it was fun!

Awards Season
I seriously love the Golden Globes and the Oscars and I’m pumped for awards season. I didn’t actually get to watch most of the Golden Globes, but who needs to when there is Twitter and Buzzfeed? I felt like I had basically seen the show, and was spared the boring parts. We have plans with friends to go to a viewing of the Oscars at a local theater with champagne and snacks, which is going to make it even more fun! Now, I just need to getting around to seeing all the Best Picture nominees. I say I’m going to do it every year, but never have managed to.

So what’s new with you, pussy cat? Anyone else home sick?

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Valentine’s Day Running Challenge

I live in Upstate New York. It’s cold. It snows a lot. I really don’t look forward to spending ANY time outside, even the time it takes to get from my car to my office. It can really get cold! But unfortunately, I don’t have a gym membership at my disposal, and although there are tons of activities I know I could be doing from the comfort of my own home, I often find excuses to not be doing them. And the only exercise I ever seem to stay somewhat dedicated to is running. I’m not sure why, but for some reason it sticks with me.

But running in January? In Upstate New York? How was I going to force myself to get out there? Maybe I could tap into my competitve self and drag myself outside in order to win something…

And that’s exactly what I did. I’d read on a few other blogs about a 30 day challenge people had done: run 1 mile every day for 30 days. Not 10 miles, not 4 miles: ONE. About 10 minutes (or so…I’m closer to 11 or 12) outside, running. That’s all! When reading that, it made a lot of sense. 10 minutes! I can spend 10 minutes outside! But how was I going to REALLY make myself want to do this?

Easy: competition. I enlisted Yvonne (and probably used some good competitive language to get her competitive blood running) and here are our terms:
1) 1 mile a day
2) From January 5 to Valentine’s Day
3) Whoever makes it gets a $20 gift card from the store of their choosing to the other
4) If both of us fail to run 1 mile a day, the next option is whoever hit closest to 7 miles a week (or higher if we both go over)

Pretty good, huh? And I’m updating because I’ve gone running for one mile for seven straight days. I’ve done the first week! And it wasn’t bad…in fact, I really enjoyed it! I loved that I could go outside for 15 minutes and feel like I’ve truly accomplished something. I haven’t run much more than one mile each day, some days, I hit that one mile marker and headed straight for home. But it doesn’t matter, I’ve done it! Having someone to compete against helps (thanks, Von :)), but I hope that it’s more my own drive that’s pushing me, not just my competitive spirit.

Have you ever had an exercise challenge with a friend? Do you think you could run a mile a day from now until Valentine’s Day? Join us! It really is fun 🙂

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New year, new hopes, new plans

2013 is welcome in our household.  2012 ended with lots of guests and lots of fun.  Although I wish family lived closer and we got to see them more often, hosting is exhausting and I’m looking forward to get back into a routine.  Routines are good – they make me feel like a functioning human being who has her shit under control.  I have NOT had my shit under control for the end of December.  Granted, I’d do it all again to get to spend that time with family.  And have that much fun 🙂

I didn’t really set any TRUE new year resolutions – I’d like to focus more on doing good for others.  The #26acts movement really affected me and I’d like to keep it up year round.  I’m also going to focus on personal health and financial health – Chris and I have some big plans for the next year or so, so getting health and money in order is the first step to move ahead with our plans.

I also want to focus more on work, study to continue to be the absolute best at my job.  I’ve had some really frustrating days at work, so after getting better and focusing more, I’ll be better able to assess where I see my career heading. 

2013 is going to be a good year…I mean, I can’t tell you that I’ve EVER had a “bad” year.  The year is what you make of it, right?  I plan to make it a GREAT year. 

Do you have plans for 2013?

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