Quick-Fire Week

I made a really good choice this afternoon when I decided to buy a coffee at work.  I was falling asleep, but now I’m not, and I’m also feeling very optimistic.  I may also be a little hyper, which is making me want to blog, but not put too much effort into writing a well-articulated post.

So, a quick-fire approach to recapping my recent life:

  • I went to a yoga class on Thursday with my friend Katie.  It was a lot of fun and felt really good.  It was my first time ever doing yoga in a studio.  I want to see if I can make it again this week.
  • I did the ice bucket challenge after my brother nominated me:
  • Matt and I spent the weekend with his parents, originally for the Crim, but then we hung out longer and had a fun time.
  • I attempted to run the 10-mile at the Crim on Saturday morning, despite the hip issues I had been dealing with.  By mile two, my hip was starting to get tight, and before the six-mile mark, it was pretty much shot.  I walked the majority of the final 4.5 miles after hanging out with course volunteers for 10-20 minutes.  I finished in two and a half hours and I was pretty bored walking because all the walkers around me had friends to chat with, but I was by myself.  Regardless, I covered the distance, so that is something to be proud of, even though it could have gone a million times better and I could be a million times healthier.
  • On Sunday afternoon, we went shopping at an outlet mall and I managed to get a pair of shoes, plus six pairs of no-show socks, for $32!
  • My final semester of college starts in a week, so I have been preparing for the job-hunting process.  It’s both exciting and stressful, but mostly exciting.
  • My bike is finished being repaired, so I get to pick it up tomorrow after work and I will get to ride it when we go up north this weekend. 🙂
  • Matt and I are seeing the series 8 premier of Doctor Who, “Deep Breath,” in a theater tonight!

Have you been up to anything exciting?  Do tell!

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The World’s Best Birthday Present

Or, “The Best Present I Ever Received But Was Ungrateful for As an 11-Year-Old Shithead.”

Turning 11 was a traumatic experience for me.  I cried because I thought it was the “last” year of being “young”.  Because 12 is almost a teenager and by that point you aren’t even a kid anymore.  I really actually cried.

So for some reason that birthday was especially memorable and I remember a couple of the gifts I got that year.  One was a pink and purple layering shirt set that my mom got me from Old Navy:

Definitely not 11 here. But I’m wearing my birthday present. 12 or 13 sitting atop Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. 🙂

The other was… a yellow yoga mat.  I was figure skating competitively at the time, and my mom told her sister that I needed a yoga mat for yoga-ish things.  So my mom drove me to some parking lot somewhere where we met up with my aunt who gave me a yellow yoga mat.  I was gracious, but I was pretty disappointed.  I didn’t think I needed it and I certainly didn’t want it.  Not for my birthday, anyway.

Well, I’ll tell you what, that thing is the gift that just keeps on giving.  Even though I don’t do yoga, I still get so much use out of it.  I used to bring it to skating to unroll on the floor and use for my warmups.  It went unused for a while once I quit, but the last few years it has been getting lots of use as a mat for core and stretching at home.  I even did actual yoga on it a few times.  I still don’t like yoga though.  So not much yoga happens on that mat.  But some.

Planking on my best birthday gift ever after a run a couple weeks ago

Planking on my best birthday gift ever after a run a couple weeks ago

Not sure what is happening here but I found this picture in my phone.  Probably thought it felt squishy.

Not sure what is happening here but I found this picture in my phone. Probably thought it felt squishy and sent this pic to some poor someone.

I also love that it’s yellow.  I don’t see many yellow yoga mats.  It’s nice. 🙂

So yes.  I love my yoga mat.  Even though I hated it 10 years ago.  It is amazing now and I’m so very grateful for it.  Thanks Aunt!

Have you ever gotten a gift you still use years later?