Traveling

Posted By on November 12, 2014

Thank God for Miss Zoot and her daily prompts because I was at a loss today. This one was from a few days ago, but I had zero other ideas. Thanks Zoot!

(Dislaimer: I’m writing this assuming I have unlimited funds to make this year/month/week EXACTLY how I’d want it to be. And that when I came back my job is waiting for me.)

If you could spend ONE WEEK anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This is an interesting question. My first thought was somewhere in the States to visit friends. But then, if I have unlimited funds, I’m bring y’all with me! I think I’d want a beach location. Maybe Fiji? Somewhere where there isn’t much to do but lie around and drink and soak up the sun and eat fresh food. I think a week is about all I could handle of that. Then I’d be bored and want Netflix and Taco Bell.

If you could spend ONE MONTH anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Australia. I think that would be a good amount of time to explore all that it has to offer. Plus then I could take a side trip from there to New Zealand.

If you could spend ONE YEAR anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This is going to be a cop out answer because I’m going to just say Europe. I would start in countries I haven’t been to, probably France or Italy or Greece. And then from there I would take amazing side trips to all the other places I want to go an explore – Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, Turkey, Germany, and, and, and….

So tell me, where would you go?

 

Will Run For Chocolate

Posted By on November 11, 2014

Last year around this time, I signed up for the Soldier Field 10 miler race that was taking place in May 2014. At the time, I knew I had plenty of time to get in shape and I knew this would be a good challenge and get me back to running.

And then I did nothing. I bought some shoes and that was about it.

Around February of this year I got an email asking if I wanted some help in training for this 10 mile race. Boy did I ever!

So I signed up with a running training group and it was the best decision ever. Not only did I run that 10 miler, I ran a half marathon this summer and next week starts our winter training program that will end with a half marathon in Austin.

I also met some awesome people. Awesome people who I could run with outside the training group. And awesome people that would run 15k with me when none of us had done any running at all in the last two months.

But we did it! We did our 4/2 intervals for the whole 9.3 miles of the race. We weren’t fast, but we ran the whole thing. And none of us died or had appendages fall off. We did it! I am so proud of us! It’s such an amazing feeling to see how far we’ve come. In March, we struggled on the first group run, which was 3 miles. On Sunday, we hammered out 15k without having really trained. It’s amazing what we can do!

I’m now really looking forward to this winter training to push myself some more, and hopefully have a way better time in a half than I did in August.

Plus, I really only did it for the medal, which you have to admit is kind of amazing. The chocolate fondue at the end of the race wasn’t half bad either.

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Hot Chocolate

Posted By on November 9, 2014

I ran a 15k today, what did you do?

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I want to actually write about it because it was kind of a feat of physical and mental toughness, but I’m so tired from having to get up before 5 AM that I need to get to bed.

So I’ll fill you all in tomorrow when I can move from this spot without wincing.

Sun Devil Saturday

Posted By on November 8, 2014

Feels awesome to be a Sun Devil today! Even after they almost gave me a heart attack.

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Are They Meant For……Sitting?

Posted By on November 7, 2014

They are doing some major streetscape work on a street that I walk on to get to the train every day. It is the very stupidest thing the City has ever done. It made a really busy east-west street two lanes instead of four. And all of it was done for a wider sidewalk with some bricks and some new trees.

Couple that with the fact that it is near a major train station and they just built a grocery store, gym and tons of apartments, and this seem even stupider.

But then each day it just gets more bizarre. First it was when they tore up the concrete that they had just put down a few days prior (I wonder why the City is so broke??). Now it is that they are adding some street furniture that I’m not really sure is supposed to be furniture.

Up and down the street, at very random intervals, are these blue chairs. Which, that’s a nice addition, especially since there is a bus route on this street.

But, none of these chairs are by a bus stop. And on top of that, they don’t even all face the same way.

Exhibit A:

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These lovely chairs point directly into the front windows of a realty group. That’s got to be weird to be sitting in the conference room and have people sitting, staring at you from the street. Is it, some sort of weird social experiment? Performance art?

Exhibit B:

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Are these there for those random times you need to have a discussion AROUND A TREE? Is it some kind of art? Are we being punked?

I need someone to explain why my tax dollars went to this!