‚Ķcoming home to my husband!

15 11 2010

i had super great, relaxing weekend in des moines with lib, but nothing beats coming home to my hubby!thanks for the ride!!!!! ūüôā





…november

1 11 2010

ok, i’m not gonna lie, i don’t love november as much as i love september and october… however, there are some super fun things happening this month and the best way to get over a case of the mondays is thinking about the fun things coming up! so… with that… here’s my list!

re-entering the race world by running the hot chocolate 15k this weekend along my favorite lakeshore!

throwing my little sister a¬†baby shower on next sundayvisiting libby and matt in des moines….

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my first vegan AND gluten free thanksgiving… still working on the perfect recipes, but there is a lot to be thankful for and i am so excited to spend it with my family this year!

the re-introduction of winter coats… woo hoo! my new one!”]

shall i say… the first snow? (when its so pretty to look at)

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happy november!!!!





…sightseeing (via running)

25 10 2010

since my favorite way to sightsee is via running, sara was nice enough to map out a nice little long run for me on saturday morning, which took me from her capitol hill apartment, down to the capitol…past the original smithsonian and the national gallery of art…then to the washington monument…all the way down the mall, and of course had to stop and see the ww2 memorial and say a few prayers for grandpa a…...and then i made my way down next to the reflecting pool to the lincoln memorial¬†….then did a nice loop around it and down the arlington memorial bridge, and then allllll the way back to sara!i really don’t think theres any other way to sightsee, and i absolutely loved all 9 miles of it! it was the prefect way to start an amazing saturday in an awesome city…





…my watch

5 10 2010

some days, i glance at my watch at 1pm, and notice that all day long, my watch has actually been on upside-down. whoops!

and some days, i don’t even bother to turn it around.

then there was one day about a week and a half ago, i realized… my watch is actually still on spain time.

so, i¬†made a conscious decision- just as i do when i leave it upside down, i decided to leave it on spain time. i mean, really, is it that hard to lose track of what the hour is? i more frequently am just checking the minutes- mostly for teaching, and how the hour is going. that’s really what my watch is for.

BUT i also found i knew purpose for my watch- a new daily reminder of the honeymoon. a reminder to breathe- its ok to relax and take a step back… it might not be for an entire week… but, i’ll take that reminder, i’ll take that deep breath, and then reset back on whatever i was working on.

we’ll always have mallorca…

and if you ever see me slightly confused- like i’m adding/subtracting numbers in my head… now you’ll know why!





…vacation reading

15 09 2010

while in mallorca, the hubby and i both did a little reading…

this was a rec from daily candy, which i read first since it was the lightest in spirits-¬†¬†totally hilarious fiction and interesting hard to put down…

this book– was by far my favorite- and was recommended by several people, including my hubby, who finished it right before i dug in… and let me say i will be purchasing vibram five fingers this weekend and am ready to go out and run ultra marathons (ok… i wish on the ultra part… but seriously, i can’t wait to increase my mileage this fall!)

favorite quotes (so hard to pick 3!):

“you don’t have to be fast… ¬†you just have to be fearless”

“no wonder so many people hated running; if you thought it was only a means to an end- an investment in becoming faster, skinnier, richer- then why stick with it if you weren’t getting enough quo for your quid?”

“think easy, light, smooth, and fast. you start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. then work on light. make it effortless, like you don’t give a shit how high the hill is or how far you’ve got to go. when you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practicing, ¬†you work on making it smooooooth. you won’t have to worry about the last one- you get those three, and you’ll be fast”

and then i polished off this guy yesterday on the plane- no impact man is all about a guy trying to make less of an environmental impact in a very extreme way… while i can’t say i’ll be turning off my power or only eating foods within 250 miles of chicago, i can say it has made a big “impact” on me- both about happiness in life and ways to help the environment.

favorite quotes (sorry they are long but SO worth it):

“the people most satisfied with life, it turned out, had strong social connections, found meaning in their work, got to exercise what they considered to be their highest talents, and had a sense of some higher purpose… a life lived with less emphasis on acquisition might have the effect of leaving more time for richer, less resource-intensive life rewards, making both the planet and people happier”

“happy people spend a lot of time being grateful for what they have and savoring their experience. they don’t rush through the ‘now’ to get to later. they don’t make taking care of themselves or taking care of their families something they have to get over with so they can get to the good stuff. instead, they insist that this moment, whatever it is, is the good stuff.”

“it’s easier to assume that the purpose of life is to get a good job and a good salary and a good box to live in and another good box to ride in and hope the boxes will keep you safe from everything… we all, i think, want to hide from the questions. i know i do.”

and one other that wasn’t worth finishing, but overall, i feel like i learned a lot (on my honeymoon? yea, maybe a little weird).

i also learned that reading after a few classes of cava… usually means you have to back track a couple of chapters… whoops!!!

let me know if you are interested in any of the 3- i have digital copies of stash and no impact man and the hard copy of born to run!