Happy Thanksgiving!

This has turned out to be a good Thanksgiving this year! I slept in until 10 and it was wonderful! I had planned on making it to my parent’s house earlier in the day but ended up being in no rush whatsoever! We did make it by about noon and Annie just woke up not much earlier so it worked out just fine!

Jon and I decided to make this pineapple soufflé for Thanksgiving. We weren’t going to make anything since my parents were making plenty of food, but I saw that recipe the other day and thought it might be the same pineapple recipe a girl at work made last year at Thanksgiving that was delicious (and looked like vomit but who cares?!). It turned out really well and everybody really liked it!

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I won’t show you all of our other boring Thanksgiving food because that’s boring. What Jon and I made is probably more exciting. Jon and I cuddled up on the couch together and took a nap. This is my off week on my birth control so I was probably definitely more emotional than usual. Luckily Jon’s a good sport and just ignored my bad mood. Mom finished up cooking and then it was dinner time! After we ate dinner, we were all lazing around and my mom forced us to get up and do something (oh the similarities between my mother and me). We ended up playing Spoons and Scrabble and some other game that wasn’t much fun. We were about to start an exciting game of the Dictionary game but Jon got called into work. It was already about 8:30, so after hanging out for a bit, I headed home too.

I’m feeling pretty full and disgusting of foods filled with butter and sugar! Tomorrow morning I’m hiking with my sisters! I’m glad, and I think I may end up going for a run tomorrow night. I may get together with a few high school friends in the evening but am not positive quite yet. I’m really enjoying having time to spend with Jon for once so I’m not really wanting to do a whole lot! And after being so busy with school and work, I kind of like having a few days where I don’t have to do anything. I think that makes me lame or antisocial or something. I’m not sure. And I don’t really care.

Anyway, I’m going to head off to bed. I’m tired and cold and need to wake up to clean up the house in the morning!

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Family time!

I feel like I won the lottery because last night, Jon fell asleep at 9something and I got to catch up on Parenthood! Tonight, he fell asleep again at 9something, so I forced him into bed and have the house all to myself! I love him, but I also love my me time! I should be studying, but I need a break.

I woke up fairly early today and considered running, but decided against it. It was in the low 30s when I woke up anyway, so that’s not really enticing, although I actually don’t mind running in the cold weather as long as it isn’t cloudy and dreary (which it definitely was!). Besides, I had already kind of realized that this would be mostly an off week from the gym and running because of having family here. Oh well!

I got to spend time this afternoon with Annie and Tank!

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That kid has no interest in pictures at all! My mom, Annie, and Tank all came over to my house. Annie hasn’t been in town since I bought it and it was nice to get their input on my floors! I’ve decided to go with a darker wood and paint the house a lighter gray color. I’m still a little nervous because of how dark it is in here and I don’t want it to seem super small! But I do love dark wood. Jon said he’s fine with whatever (glad the organization of the fridge is so important but he lacks input on the floors for the entire house!). We headed over to The Sugar Shack  which is pretty much my new favorite little coffee place (along with The White Windmill). The Sugar Shack has such good pumpkin muffins! And since I’m eating whatever I want this week, I’m eating pumpkin muffins too. And sandwiches. And lots of coffee.

My family headed home and I started studying. Jon heated up some of my mom’s chili for me for dinner! I think I’m going to finally learn how to make it. My mom has been making the exact same recipe since we were little, so it’s our winter staple. It’s nice to throw something in the microwave to eat too.

My oldest sister and her fiance came in town tonight! I would love to go see them tomorrow, but I may be studying for my test. I haven’t really decided yet. I really can’t wait until the day when I no longer have to consider school. Even when I’m done with my bachelor’s in May, I’ll still have grad school looming overhead! Anyway, I work all day Wednesday and really am wishing I hadn’t picked up the shift since I want to spend time with the family. Ah well! Such is life!

Time to go enjoy some of my TV while I have it all to myself!

Nephew and sister time!

What an exhausting weekend! After Jon made me breakfast yesterday morning, we enjoyed our meal and I studied some biology! I took a quick nap and then worked from 3p-3a. It was a really tiring shift because of my crazy assignment, but I made it out alive! I came home and cleaned my house at 4am but I couldn’t stand the mess! I like things all neat and organized and the house was definitely neither of those! But it’s looking better now! Had I not been so tired, I think I would have finally scrubbed my floors too!

This morning Jon and I went to look at floors for the house! We have a few samples laying around the house and I think we may end up looking again on Sunday morning before making our final decision! I can’t believe we’re 3 weeks away from laying our own floors (with the help of his brother)! I have a feeling that’ll give me the push to get the rest of the house done but there’s no way I can take that much money out of savings!

I got my hair cut and then went over to my parent’s house (just a side note: he did not cut my bangs enough so I need to get that fixed) with Jon. My sister Annie and my nephew Tank got in town last night! We ate dinner and Jon played with Tank for so long! It was so fun watching them interact! Best future uncle ever. And Tank seriously just gets cuter and cuter. I love that kid! I was hoping to stay and hang out for awhile tonight but there was no way it was going to happen! I didn’t fall asleep till after 5 last night and was up by 9:30, so I’m about to head to bed! Jon wanted to make it home to watch football anyway, but I need to get up early enough to study tomorrow and have some family time!

No exercising this weekend cause there just wasn’t any time or energy! Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not. It may have to wait till after my test on Tuesday night.

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The man.

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The sister.

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The nephew! SO CUTE!

Running and The Iberian Pig date night

I was so excited on Thursday night because I managed to get Jon to run with me at night! He really doesn’t ever run anymore but I was dying to take a nap before class, so I had asked him if he’d run with me after since it would be too dark for me to go alone. I ran down the road I’ve been going down lately and he wanted to run back which was really not okay with me since it’s all an incline, but I did fine. Even though I’m not a fast runner at all, I feel fast when I run with other people because I slowed myself way down going up the hill so I didn’t leave Jon behind. And at the end of 3.1 miles (30:39) I really wanted to keep going! I may try to run for a little bit today, but I work 3p-3a tonight and have to study this morning, so it may not happen. I haven’t worked a 12 hour shift until 3am in close to a year and I struggle working 7p-3a (and taking a nap until 5pm!), so I feel like I may need to be as lazy as possible until I go to work this afternoon. Conserve all energy.

Last night, I worked till 7p and then Jon and I went to The Iberian Pig. It was in Decatur and I haven’t gone to downtown Decatur in a long time, and when Jon and I went before, we got lost so we never even made it to walk around. It was so cute out there! I loved it! A lot of places had lights out! I wish I had taken a picture but I didn’t. Anyway, The Iberian Pig was awesome! However, my plan was to get 5 plates of tapas to share, but the server told us each plate was 3-5 bites. I still wanted to stick with 5 plates because I had seen pictures of the food, but then Jon wanted to increase it. So I decided to get a plate of food and only try each tapas so that Jon could eat all of them. After getting our food, we realized that 3-5 bites per plate thing is a total gimmick to make more money on new people. The tapas were actually really good portions and Jon didn’t even finish his last one (and he’s a big boy!) because he was so full! And I was miserably full after trying small bites of the tapas and eating my meal! The bacon wrapped dates and pork cheek tacos were amazing! Holy moly. Amazing. The rest were decent. I definitely would recommend going there, but our bill was $82, including 2 glasses of wine. So definitely not a cheap date night. But I really wanted to do something different than we usually do (how many times can we eat Mexican and sushi?) and I had heard good things about The Iberian Pig. I am really glad we went! We had a table by the window and overlooked the downtown area and it was a really nice environment.

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I miss the days when our date nights could cost us $70 on a weekly basis and we never even though about it. I definitely didn’t mind spending over $100 for our date night last night (especially because I didn’t do anything for Jon’s birthday last month because I’m a horrible girlfriend), but it’s definitely not the norm now that we’re both in school.

We fell asleep as soon as we got home (old people) and now I’m working on biology before I go to work! My sister and nephew get in town today but I won’t see them until dinner tomorrow! Jon and I are heading up to have dinner with the family since we have to pick out our floors in the morning! My other sister and her fiance come in town on Monday night! I don’t think I’ve been this excited for Thanksgiving in a long time! In the holiday spirit, I’ve been eating this as a snack lately:

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Turkey with cranberry sauce, cut up apples, and brie- baked in my toaster oven to heat it all up! So good! Picture skills not so good.

I’m off to try and be productive! Jon is about to get home from a doctor’s appoinment and he said he’d make us breakfast! Looking forward to it cause I’m starving!

Days off work are the best!

I managed to get up by 9 today! I slept through 6 text messages this morning (before 8:30! seriously, who does that?!) and Jon’s alarm, plus his entire shower. He woke me up to kiss me goodbye and then I fell right back to sleep! I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed to my alarm at 8:30. That’s kind of a lie. I laid in bed till 9 with Tom sitting all over my face, but I was so comfortable that I still had to drag myself out of bed. Why is waking up so hard?!

I went to the gym right after getting up. I’ve been telling myself that I only have to stay for an hour, because it feels daunting to spend 2 hours there when you have a million other things on your to do list. I actually stayed for about 50 minutes and did 10 minutes on the elliptical, and then did biceps and shoulders. I could have gone longer, but my lab professor dropped a bomb on us last night that we had homework, plus our usual lab write up for last night, plus our lab write up for next week, and he wants them tomorrow or Friday! Not to mention, I have two super lengthy computer final projects to do and a test next Tuesday that I was going to study for all day today. Anyway, back to the gym… I never go in the mornings and I was a little unnerved when I got there by how many people were there, but they were mostly on the cardio machines and the regular machines! I guess the big free weight guys go later in the day, which is where I prefer to spend my time, so it was actually really nice! Maybe I’ll get up earlier and go more often (but probably not).

I think once school is out for the semester, I’m going to check out a CrossFit gym near here. Jon went to the one closest to here and said he liked it, but they favor their competitors. I plan on not being a competitor. I also have looked at some of their WODs and a lot of it looks to be more of the heavy lifting with less metcon. And right now, I’d rather do more metcons with CrossFit than heavy lifting because my thumb can’t lift heavy. But then again, I only want to go once a week… So anyway, we’ll see. I have a final on December 5th, so maybe after that I’ll head in to try and mix it up a little bit again. I really need to make myself go to yoga, but I just hate it! It’s so boring! I want to die of boredom every time I do yoga, but my body needs some help with flexibility.

Anyway, all these plans I’ve been putting off for awhile are happening to get done today. After the gym, I rushed over to Whole Foods and did all my grocery shopping. I actually have SO many recipes that I’m dying to make, but I work and then my family is coming in town so I won’t be eating dinner at my house much next week! After the grocery store, I dropped everything off and Jatoya (a friend from nursing school) told me she was ready for me to go to her work for lunch! I picked up our food and headed over to eat with her, with no time to shower! Her coworkers (all twenty of them in the breakroom) probably thought I was a slob, but she texted me 30 minutes earlier than I was planning. I came home from there, showered, sat down and did 10 minutes of biology, and then Rachel (a girl I work with) told me she was off work and ready to meet up. So we went to eat at Uncle Julio’s and then I just came home not too long ago.

I knocked out my lab write up for last night and I’m about to make Jon some dinner (and my lunch for work for the next 3 days). I’m back at work tomorrow and am really dreading it. After working so much last week, I still feel burnt out. These two days off were wonderful, even though I hardly got anything done that I wanted (my kitchen floors!). I did run yesterday, work out today, grocery shop, and manage to have some friend time. So it’s all good.

I’m just looking forward to Friday night cause Jon and I are having a date night! I think we’re going to go to this wine place right by our house that does tastings and pairings! They did have a groupon before, so I’ll need to check on that. With all this school and work we both do, our time together is pretty limited. It’ll be really nice to have an evening out and I don’t even work till 3pm on Saturday (I’m dreading that shift too!).

Knee pain with running :( Again!

I’m in such a rut! I can’t remember if I wrote about this or not, but winters are hard for me. I have a fairly large history with depression and winters tend to be even worse for me. Luckily, I’m PRN at work now, so I don’t work 4 days in a row and not see any daylight. However, it’s still cold out. I’m lacking vitamin D. I hate having to bundle up and always feel uncomfortable in winter clothing. There are no trips to the beach! Winter just sucks!

Anyway, so I woke up this morning at 8:30. I was shocked. I was still feeling exhausted but Jon asked if I wanted to get up and make him breakfast, and being the fabulous girlfriend that I am, I did just that. I also knew if I slept through him leaving for class, I’d sleep way too late. Besides, I really do like spending time with him first thing in the morning. He left and I made my own breakfast and worked on some biology. Then I decided to run.

Instead, I noticed my cat asleep on the bed, so I laid down and took a 1 1/2 hour nap. This is the type of rut I’m talking about. My alarm went off a million times, but I just hit snooze because I just didn’t want to get up. Especially when I’m in school, this hits me hard around this time of the year! The end of the semester seems so far away and all I want to do is sleep! I feel exhausted 24/7 and my motivation to work out is just not there!

I did finally manage to get up and go run. I had my eyes set on 9 miles, but really, that was unrealistic. My longest run ever is 8 miles, and that was a month ago. Since then, I haven’t gone longer than a 3 mile run since I have new shoes. And that 8 mile run was painful!

I was really lacking motivation at the start of the run. I wanted to die. I was also running a new route and the miles were just feeling really long. After the third mile, I felt fine cardio wise. I kind of hit a spot where I just don’t feel miserable anymore. However, once I got to probably about mile 5, I started feeling my left knee. It really wasn’t bad so I decided I could finish out the run with that dull ache. The more I ran though, the more it hurt. I had to stop at mile 6 (actually, 6.1 in 59:48). It was turning into a sharp pain and I was still 2 miles from home (I was going to add a loop to make 9). I knew there was no way I’d even make it 2 miles, so I just walked.

And my knee killed me the whole way home (and it got really cold after walking 2 miles in spandex and a tank top!). It already feels fine again (I’ll see how it is tomorrow) and I noticed that the last long run I did, the pain went away pretty quickly. It definitely doesn’t feel muscular, but I have no idea what it is. It was a much more generalized pain again (I think it’s the shoes) than a localized pain.

It’s frustrating because I wonder if the pain will always be there. Will I ever actually be able to increase my mileage or will that pain always come when I get further into my run? But then I remind myself that I don’t really run that much. I ran 8 miles on 10-14. Since then, I’ve gone a total of 13.59 miles! In over a month! And only one of those runs was 3 miles and the others were all shorter. So I can’t be surprised when I get out there and have pain. Cardio-wise, yeah, I could probably go out and do a half marathon now. I am in shape! But my body can’t just go run that far. So it’s frustrating when I can breathe fine and emotionally, I want to run way farther! But my body stops me. I knew going into this that I wanted to go slow and that even though people told me I could easily run a half marathon in a few months when my first run was 4.45 miles. But I know I get pain with running. I always have.

So I’m going to set goals I think. I actually really need to do it. I hesitate to set goals because I really never stick with them if they’re too specific. Probably more realistic goals for me would be to have a 15 mile week (and that’s not my goal, just saying, I can’t committ to running a certain number of days or miles per day- I don’t work like that). I did decide not to do runs of less than 3 miles anymore (unless I’m with Kassie, then I’ll do less, but that’s more for fun). I also think I need to run the shorter distance (of 3 miles) more regularly and make sure my body is getting used to it.

I was going to go to the gym and lift but really didn’t have time, thanks to my long nap. But I won’t be running tomorrow, so maybe I’ll plan on staying at the gym longer.

This was long and probably really boring. It’s really more for me to track my progress.

I have class again tonight and I actually got dressed and look decent (which I actually usually do for class). But instead, I’m really thinking about throwing on my sweatpants over my Under Armour leggings and wearing sweatshirts. Yes, multiple. I’m freezing right now and am not in the mood to be cold (see first paragraph). I’m really in the mood to just cuddle on the couch with Jon tonight and relax! It has been so nice to have a day off and I just want to enjoy some time with him!

Okay, I need to head off to class!

I ran into somebody :/ WAH

I’m in the midst of a horrible week. I’ve just been exhausted and feeling overworked. At work, we have to call report to the nurses on two floors: ICU and PCU (intensive care unit and progressive care unit). After calling report, the nurse (that’d be me) has to go to the floor with the patient while they’re on a cardiac monitor. For the other floors, we let the floor secretary know that the patient will come up and the nurses upstairs read the ER chart. Then our tech takes them upstairs.I called to tell the secretary a patient was coming upstairs yesterday and she asked if I wanted to call report. I said no and she told me I had to. I still said no, that we don’t do it that way. That patient went upstairs with my tech. I took my other patient up to the floor because they were on a cardiac drip (although they were on a regular floor). I got up to the floor and had that oh shit moment where I realized I sent a patient to PCU without going up with them. I got in trouble kind of sort of, which I don’t even care. And the patient was totally stable or I wouldn’t have sent her up without me anyway, so it wasn’t dangerous at all for the patient. But it still threw me off.

Then my day got worse. I came home and napped and all was well. I went to leave my condo to meet for coffee and there is a sidewalk the runs along a main road that my condo is off of. I pulled out a little past the sidewalk but then stopped since a car was coming. I was just making a righthand turn and there are two lanes going south, but I stopped anyway (even though I didn’t even need to). Anyway, it was 6:30 and really dark. And I started going after the car passed mine and hit a person. Guys. I hit a person. Granted, it was dark out. He was black. He was also wearing all black. AND, I was already pulled out on top of the sidewalk with the nose of my car in the road. I go running in residential areas all the time. I never ever ever ever go in FRONT of a car who is about to turn. Ever. It’s dumb. Especially if their car is already well past the sidewalk. Be he did, and of course, I was turning right so I didn’t look to the right again to check for cars because I knew there were no cars. I just didn’t know know Mr. All Black was going to be walking in front of my car. He gave me an eat shit and die look and then kept walking. I rolled my window down and apologized (I was way too shocked to even think). I also had gone to hit the brakes before I hit him cause I saw him first, but I was already moving. So it was more of a love tap. He walked away just fine. But still. I hit a real live person. Jon made me feel better by saying it was 50/50 in whose fault it was because as a pedestrian, you should also be more careful walking in the dark (and dress in REFLECTIVE clothing). Also, my friend (who I can’t name) once hit a homeless man in downtown Atlanta, so that made me feel a little better too.

I should probably never admit to totally running into an actual person, but I just did. Talk about a shitty day. I had to go back into work for 4 hours this morning and it was a huge struggle. I’m exhausted. I was planning on attempting a 9 mile run today and drove out the course last night, but it’s rainy. So I’m going boot shopping instead, grocery shopping, and then coming home to nap and study all day long. And maybe hit the gym for a bit. I managed to get in a quick leg workout last night (after hitting the man, which I thought would give me more energy but it didn’t). Okay, Laura should be here soon to go boot shopping with me!

 

Ramblings of a 20 something girl

I had such a nice day off work yesterday! I can’t lay on my couch all day normally because I have so much to do! But I justified it by telling myself that I would normally be at work and I didn’t feel well, so I could lay on my couch and watch horrible Lifetime movies if I wanted! So I did until 1, and then I got up and tried to create four graphs for my biology lap report, which ended up taking forever and I made a ton cause I kept messing them up. It’s times like that where I wish I was an Excel pro. I spent my evening cleaning and grocery shopping. I had to drop Jon’s softball clothes off to him which took an entire hour because he was late.

I felt really guilty about being home all day without going to the gym or running, but I knew there was no way I could do either. Any moving for long periods of time would really upset my stomach so I just had to be smart and skip it. I have those Nike Pro Combat shirts that are fuzzier on the inside and super warm (I die if I try to run in them, even in the middle of winter here, which is like 20 degrees) and I have some Under Armour pants like that, and I’ve been wearing those with sweatpants and my North Face fleece nonstop. Seriously. I’m wondering if I’m ever going to get dressed again this winter. For some reason, I have absolutely zero tolerance for being cold when I’m going outside the house right now. I’m about to break out my real winter jacket for my mornings going to work. (I realize that paragraph was about two entirely different subjects. Whatever. That’s how I am in real life.)

Today I was really busy at work and didn’t leave until about 4:20 (I was off at 3). We were busy, but I was in no real hurry anyaway because I lost 12 hours of pay yesterday! So I helped out, came home, and then went to class. I was practically falling asleep in class, which never happens  (but did on Tueday). I finally realized it’s because I’m sick, even though I really don’t feel that bad anymore (still have occasional waves of nausea). But whatever is making me somewhat nauseous must be working my immune system cause I was struggling a ton today.

I had dinner plans with a college friend but cancelled (we always cancel on each other). I wish I could have gone but I have to get this lab report done and I have to get some sleep tonight! I can barely concentrate now. I was going to write mine and Jon’s love story part 4 tonight but can’t focus enough.. Hoping to feel much better on Saturday so I can get some gym time in and go running!

Jon’s at drill (he left while I was in class) which is probably good cause we were both super irritable this week. Everything we did got on each other’s nerves and neither of us handled the other’s irritation very well. So I’m thankful for a bit of a break and having some time by myself. I’m sure I’ll be ready for him to get home on Sunday night!

Oh, and I finally gave in and turned on the heat at my house 😦 It was 63 in here when I got home and I couldn’t take it anymore! So I put the heat on 65. Can’t get too crazy! I wish I had something exciting to say or wanted to give some thought to something other than just talking about my day, but I can’t. Just can’t do it. Sorry guys. Time to start this lab report until I pass out from exhaustion.

9am and already home from work!

Yesterday I got off work at 3 and decided that since I really didn’t have time to go do a leg workout, that I’d at least go for a run. While running, I decided that all of my short runs from now on need to be at least 3 miles. So, that’s my new goal. I ran 3 miles in 26:29 (8:47/8:43/8:46). I was pretty excited because my times are definitely improving and I feel much more comfortable running. Still want to really start working more on distance. That run kind of is cheating because the entire 2nd mile is pretty much a decline, but the 3rd mile does have 2 small hills and some other inclines. Kind of sort of evens out.

At the end of my run (thankfully at the end), I started feeling not so great. Came home and felt fairly disgusting and sick but knew I needed to eat since I was about to spend five hours in class. So I ate and then felt awful the rest of the night. Every time I had to get up and move it would just upset my stomach again. Got home around 10 from class and took Zofran (thankful for being a nurse and having a stash of meds at home) and watched some TV before going to bed.

I woke up this morning and played around with the idea of calling in but 12 hours is a lot of money to miss out on! So I went to work and it was super slow and I was basically extra, so I got sent home. I left work a 7:24. I live 19.5 miles from work. I got home at 8:48. I hate Atlanta traffic! I almost went to my parent’s house from work because there isn’t any traffic, but I thought maybe the drive wouldn’t be horrible and I really just wanted to come home. I’m still not feeling very great (I took another Zofran this morning) and am definitely feeling like I won’t be able to tolerate food… I had a biscuit for breakfast (gluten free and the only “bread” in my house- I don’t even own crackers!) and that’s about all that I think I can eat… Whenever my stomach is upset, I always wish I bought food other than veggies, meat, and fruit. Carrots really don’t sound appetizing today.

I do have a ton of homework to do today, so I think I’m just going to start off with a Lifetime movie (they’re never good), and then take a quick nap and start on my lab report. I’m hoping to feel well enough to get a leg workout in today but it’s not looking promising… Definitely need to head to Wal-Mart and get a few hours of school stuff done. I’m hoping to be able to pick up some more hours over the weekend to make up for the lost hours today since Jon will be at work, so I’m going to try to get as much homework knocked out as possible.

After my movie… 🙂 and nap! (By the way, it’s in the 20s right now! FREEZING! And I want to light a fire but have an irrational fear of burning the house down so I’m too scared to actually light the fire… I’m also 27 and have only lit ONE match in my entire life. That was enough. Guess I’ll just move my space heater to the living room. I can pretend it’s a fire.)

Perfect day off of work!

I’ve had a pretty fantastic Monday, which I find really exciting because I work every day between tomorrow and Saturday (off Sunday though!). I woke up at 8:30 so I could go make sure the school took care of the registration holds on my account and I was expecting a huge hassle. It’s my last class that I need for graduation and everything else related to being a transient student has been a pain in the ass. Surprisingly, it was taken care of immediately!

I came home and made breakfast and started working on my lab report for biology. I did that for a little over an hour (still a lot to go on it) and then I went to the hospital to have lunch with Jon (he works there, not as a patient!). I love that I live so close to his work and to Kassie’s work because I have lunch with both of them fairly regularly. I was in such a bad mood last night and totally took it out on Jon, so it was nice to actually talk to him and be friendly over lunch!

It is an absolutely beautiful fall day today, so I texted Kassie to see if she wanted to meet me at Piedmont Park for a run this afternoon. She works from home on Mondays and lives right across the street from the park, so she was able to. I haven’t ran with anybody since I’ve started running lately and it was so nice! We went 2.5 miles in 25 minutes and the time flew by! I wore my new shoes and had no complaints during the run! I actually felt amazing and wanted to keep running but Kass hasn’t been running distances lately, so she was done! We went back to her house and got her dog and then took a walk around the park for awhile. I noticed a small little pain in my left knee walking around, but it was minor and I didn’t feel it when I got home. I actually considered going back out to run more because it’s so nice out and I just didn’t feel satisfied yet, but I’m trying to be smart about it since I’m in new shoes. So I didn’t. I’m still hesitant about pushing too much and getting any kind of injury. I know I don’t run that far, but I’m also not used to running much at all. It is really nice though because all those years that I spent in the Army, I wanted to die at the end of a 2 mile run! And today I felt great at the end of 2.5 miles! Even though I wish I could run 10 miles it’s no big deal (I’m so impatient!), it’s still nice to notice little improvements like that.

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Anyway, I had planned on going to the gym after the run, but it was already 3:30 and the gym starts getting busy at 4 on Monday. Not in the mood to deal with that and I wanted to enjoy the weather, so I skipped the gym. I can go tomorrow after work! Instead I came home, made a cup of coffee, and am sitting on the porch blogging! Jon came home from work early though and needs his computer for homework, so I guess I’ll be moving back into the house to work on my lab report from my desktop 😦 I want a laptop! For free! Nobody wants to spend $1000 on computers when there are trips to be had and floors to be installed!

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Crista is coming over a little later to cook with me. Since I work all week, I’ll make a bunch of food tonight. I think I’m going to make Paleo pad thai tonight too. I had planned on trying a bunch of new recipes this week, but got to Whole Foods at 8:30 last night after work and they close at 9 so I felt really rushed, and all I had to eat at work was a thing of yogurt so I started getting really shaky (hence my bad mood when I got home- poor Jon). It’s hard to think under those conditions, so almost everything on my grocery list is still sitting at the store.

Not looking forward to working at all this week, but I guess that’s life! I just want to enjoy the fall weather since it has been such a nice fall this year! I think the leaves are prettier than usual and the weather has just been perfect! I’m hoping to get a few more runs in this week, even though I probably won’t do anything too long until I’m positive that these shoes are okay!

Mmmkay, everybody have a good day.