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

Larisa-K / Pixabay

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!

Long Week

ArtsyBee / Pixabay

So this was a holiday week and yet it felt like an insanely long week just the same.  I blame the surprise temperature increase.  When I raced Colonial Beach Tri two weeks ago, it was in the 50’s.  Last weekend, it was in the 80’s.  And just for fun, on Monday, I realized my air conditioner wasn’t working.  Turns out it just needed copious amounts of pollen removed and a few pounds of refrigerant, so many hundreds of dollars later, my house is once again a reasonable temperature (Of course, who knows what my electric bill will be, because that sucker kept trying to cool the house and failing.)

Thankfully, I could go to work to escape the 80+ degree house, but on Wednesday, I worked from home in the afternoon while waiting for the tech.  I only spent about 5 hours in the heat, but by early evening, I was absolutely exhausted.  From doing nothing.  I feel like people in pre-AC days either slept a lot more or were just much more sturdy.  Let’s be honest, probably the latter.

I also got to move my desk at work to a much more prime location (joys of seniority).  I hadn’t moved since 2011 and it was fun to find all the different things I had saved.  A whole bunch of half marathon maps (from the days when I actually looked at running race course maps before the race) and all sorts of promotional materials for upcoming runDisney races.  They certainly don’t need to put out promotional materials anymore.

Of course, after a beautiful, warm week, we’ve got rain in the forecast for the weekend.  Looks like my bike ride might get stormed out.  I’ll ride in the rain, but certainly not in a storm.

Oh well, more time for me to enjoy my air conditioning!

Still on the mend

I still have this stupid cold. Now it is apparently acute bronchitis. My doctor’s office is awesome and I can contact them through their app and have these conversations without having to go in or pay a copay. The future is awesome. Anyway, this is apparently going around, so have fun, fellow locals. There’s no treatment other than rest, so I have been doing a lot of nothing lately. I’ve pretty much missed every workout for the past two weeks. Next weekend’s race is gonna be awesome.
So what have I been doing instead of working out? Well, resting, obviously. Also getting stuff done. Right now, I am at the car dealership finally dealing with a recall and an oil change. Super fun.

I’ve also been putting in some extra time at work. Not so much by choice, but by necessity. It is kind of nice to not have to worry about delaying my workouts because I am stuck at work late. Doesn’t mean I’m giving up my training though!

I started watching 11.22.63 on Hulu and it is excellent. I loved the book when I read it a few years ago, but I wasn’t sure about the miniseries because I don’t love James Franco. But it is really excellent and I highly recommend it. I am definitely re-reading the book once the miniseries is over too.

I feel like when I have free time, I just start spending money, which is dangerous. I find myself researching new hobbies that I normally don’t have time for. My latest obsession is pointed pen calligraphy. There are intro classes taught in the area so I might sign up at some point. Right now, I am just bookmarking things because I don’t actually have time for a new hobby. Triathlon is my hobby.

I’m also trying out Blue Apron. My first box comes today so we’ll see how that goes. I don’t love cooking, but I love eating, so it should be interesting.

So that’s my life right now. Planning to take my TT bike out tomorrow for some easy riding. Gotta get comfortable on it. I haven’t ever ridden it outside, and I have to start racing in May. I hope it won’t be as hard as I fear.