Thursday Ramblings

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This past week has been a bit more crazy than normal.  I still haven’t adjusted to time change.  I suppose I like the added daylight in the evenings, but do we really need Daylight Saving time?

I have a choir concert this weekend (If you’re in DC, come see us!), which means rehearsals three nights this week instead of the normal one.  Of course, the snow that came in on Monday night thwarted that plan.  For safety’s sake, Monday’s rehearsal got cancelled, so now we’re in limbo as to whether or not we’ll need a Saturday morning rehearsal.  I don’t want a Saturday morning rehearsal.  Saturday mornings are for sleeping in, going for a bike ride, and this weekend, going to see Beauty and the Beast!

The snowstorm also didn’t help my time change issues.  I got to work from home on Tuesday, which meant sleeping in.  Yesterday morning was rough!  Even the cats didn’t want to get out of bed and they are usually 100% ready for breakfast.  Maybe by next week, my body will have this thing figured out.

A crazy week also means a screwed up workout schedule.  My coach gave me a plan for the week that accommodates all of my extra rehearsals, but then with the snow, swimming was out since the pools were closed.  I will get back to the pool eventually!  Heck, next month I’ll probably be looking at an outdoor swim in my wetsuit.  But a missed swim was just the excuse I needed to get back to my strength training plan.  I have a tendency to follow that quite well for a month or so, and then it all falls apart.  Spandex season is coming!  I need to get as toned up!  (Well, as much as is physically possible.)  Plus, you know, the added strength will be good for my race season and all.

So here’s to next week being much more normal.

Friday Five

Happy Friday!  We’ve made it!  Monday was a holiday, and the weekend was perfect, but for some reason, we still attempted to cram five days of work into the four workdays in the week.  Needless to say, I’m so glad it’s Friday.  I had a couple of topics rolling around in my head for today’s post, but couldn’t decide on any one in particular, so here are five unrelated things.  Because I can.

1.  Yesterday, I booked my next big trip!  Well, my sister booked it.  In August, 2018, we’re doing a Disney Cruise to Northern Europe!  I’m super excited to go, and also super grateful that the cruise doesn’t have to be paid off for over a year, because I still haven’t figured out how to grow money on trees.  Of course, a few of the ports are places that I’ve been before (which is funny, considering I’ve been very few places in Europe), but it’s also been around 15 years, so it will be great to go back.

2.  In an attempt to read more “random” books, since I no longer regularly peruse a bookstore (so sad), I signed up for Book of the Month (referral link).  I love subscription boxes but didn’t like the idea of just getting any random book every month, so BOTM is perfect.  It only costs $9.99, and on the first of every month, you login and are offered five book options.  You can read the blurbs and why they were picked for the box.  Then you can choose your book (or you can opt to purchase multiple books, all for $9.99 each).  AND you can skip a month if you don’t like any of the selections.  I’m only on my first month, but am totally engrossed by the book I chose.  I had to force myself to stop reading last night.  (I won’t recommend til I finish – because reading a great book only to loathe the ending is the worst.  But I have high hopes.)

3.  I am still loving my Instant Pot.  I have to admit, I’m not cooking “meals” in it, or really even anything that I would consider recipes, but it’s awesome as I’m prepping my lunches for the week.  Super fast sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and easy main dishes by throwing in chicken breasts and a jar of salsa.  At some point, I will actually cook a recipe in it (chicken and salsa doesn’t really count), but so far it’s definitely helping me eat better.

4.  My plans to do more crafty things have… not been going all that well.  Maybe I’ll rectify that this weekend.

5.  Last weekend, I built my cats a litterbox.  (Does that count as crafting?)  By “built,” I mean I cut a door in a Rubbermaid box.  I followed these instructions, but I don’t put the lid on because that never goes well with my cats.  I’m hoping it helps contain… things… a bit better.  If not, I’m not out a ton of money, so that’s a plus.  So far, so good.

Ending on that note just goes to show how much I’m a crazy cat lady I’m becoming.  Might as well embrace reality, right?

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday the 13th!  I started my day with a black cat staring me in the face.  I consider that good luck though.  He’s a sweetheart.

As I read through blog posts in Feedly, I bookmark links that I want to share.  I realize it’s been quite some time since I’ve done that, so here’s a partial backlog of some interesting reads.

How to Pack for Winter in a Carry On – I am the world’s worst packer.  I need to re-read this over and over again.

When Mama Gets a Man Cold – There is a crazy cold going around right now and this post made me laugh and laugh.  Colds are real, people!

Another good laugh is My Continuing Quest for the Sub-2 Half Marathon

Harry Potter Christmas Recap – If you don’t read EPBOT, you should.  The creativity that these two bring to just about everything they do is phenomenal.

I saved two posts from Swim Bike Mom – A Homework Assignment for the Last Few Days of 2016 (so what if it’s late, it’s still a good read) and How to Get Back on the Wagon

Two posts related to body image from two great ladies – Cyber Bullying and Body Shaming and What is an XL

Two great posts about Carrie Fisher and what she meant to people dealing with mental health issues – Stay afraid.  But do it anyway. and Carrie Fisher Helped Me Understand My Mental Illness and Addiction

And finally, the recipe roundup, which is mostly just “Things I want to eat.”

 

Things are Busy

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Over the weekend, I took a look at my calendar and realized just how crazy the rest of the year is going to be.

This week is Thanksgiving and then on Sunday, I’m running Space Coast.  That’s followed by an epic Disney trip that culminates in a short holiday cruise.  I have been looking forward to this for months and will absolutely be taking a ton of pictures.

The weekend after I get back is choir hell week, followed by a weekend of three concerts.  It’s always a lot of work, but I’m so glad I do it, and if you’re a DC local, consider coming out to hear us (the Cathedral Choral Society) at one of our concerts.

The weekend after that should be calm, and I’m looking forward to brunch with some of my local Coeur teammates.  Apparently we’re pairing that with a workout, which is slightly terrifying, but it still should be fun.

The weekend after that is Christmas.

The weekend after that is New Year’s.  And then it’s 2017.  I’m still not sure what 2017 holds.  I’ve decided that it doesn’t hold a 70.3 this year due to some scheduling issues, but that’s okay.  I think I want to try to bust out some awesome olympic distance races and hopefully volunteer at a bunch of events as well.

 

A Post of Happy

June has been a pretty terrible month so far.  Lots of terrible things going on, both in the national news and locally.  Right now, I think we could all use a dose of happy things.  So here’s some things that make me happy.

This is a photo of my parents’ cat Taco.  He was taking a bath and fell asleep.  We’ve all been there, Taco, we’ve all been there.

Cat in a weird position because cats are weird

I’m not convinced Taco knows how to cat.  Photo credit: my mom.

In case you have forgotten, Taco used to look like this.

He doesn't like cats though.  Not at all.  Nope.

He doesn’t like cats though. Not at all. Nope.

Everyone’s favorite, The Oatmeal, has come out with If My Dogs Were a Pair of Old Men Part Two.

This is old (in internet terms – so 2 months), but still worth watching.  Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse.

Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comic strips.  You should read it.

The Bloggess gives the best anniversary gifts, and I just wonder how she’s going to celebrate her 20th this year.

State flags are pretty ridiculous.

And finally, this story about a little boy sneaking into a garage to hug a dog.  It has a happy ending.

Share some things that make you happy in the comments!  Spread the happy!