Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve!

Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful Christmas Eve. Mine has been very low key and wonderfully enjoyable. Started wtih some fun - a run with some picture-taking - a yummy breakfast, some NFL, and a movie - Arthur's Christmas. An excellent flick for children and adults alike! It was a heart-warming film, as expected, but also a great original story that had a lot of humor and fun. Another film worth seeing (I saw it in 2D). My two-cents worth...

The rest of the evening will be spent watching more football and eating a delicious dinner in. Who doesn't want stuffed sole and lobster tail for Christmas Eve feasting? Mmmmm...All in all, it's been quite a lovely holiday. It's been what vacation is supposed to be all about. Relaxation, good fun, and wonderful company. I'll be loathe to get back home, but less loathe than I might otherwise have been, given that I am moving (loathe) to a cool new apt (love) where I get to take delivery of new furniture and appliances (double love). And, of course, a visit from my best friend and sister forever on the eve of New Year's Eve. Woot woot! We are going to get dolled up and walk (because we'll be able to to do that from my new place) to the fun bars/restaurants and see what there is to see. A hot blonde and a cool Asian chick...we'll see if we can turn some heads. Ha!

Anyway, tomorrow may turn out to be the most interesting Christmas I've ever had. Or it might not. Either way, it'll be a great and memorable one, so no complaints whatever the outcome. There are advantages and disadvantages to growing older...but one big advantage is not having to suffer through that awful anticipation of Christmas morning. As an adult, I can just sit back and enjoy the coming of the morning. Look forward to a tasty breakfast, and have a day of complete respite without feeling an ounce of guilt. OK...I've never really had a problem with that, but it sounded good.

Signing off. Happy Christmas Eve everyone! It's hard and easy to believe that the year is almost at a close. It's definitely been up and down, but it's ending on an up, and that's really what matters. Hope Santa brings everything you want - whether it's things or time!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas week

I have an awful lot to be thankful for. While I may have struck out (consistenly - hence the suspension of such) in the romantic relationship category, I have certainly had successes in most other areas of my life! A PR in the nasty weather of my last marathon, amazing old friends, incredible new friends, a new place to really make in to a home (including a - wait for it - sleeper sofa AND washer and dryer! - GASP!), a research project that is really near and dear to my heart, and a general overall happiness. I'll never be in the perfect place, but I am at least in a good place right now.

It seems I have managed to shorten my Christmas break from school by a week at either end - that's what I get for teaching at one institution and attending another. But that's OK. My true vacation starts tomorrow and ends the day after Christmas, so I am excited that the New Year will bring new fun, new opportunities, and new experiences. I'm slowly learning to get over my fear of commitment - those of you who think you know me may laugh at that statement, but given the heart palpitations I had over signing a one year apartment lease, it shouldn't make you laugh too hard. The fact that I'm in complete denial about having to actually, me - myself - pack up my entire apartment and MOVE again SHOULD make you laugh, however. Because that, you should know, is so totally me.

I always think I don't have that much stuff, so therefore the packing and moving shouldn't be that bad. And in comparison to most, I really don't have that much stuff. But in comparison to what I'd ACTUALLY be ok with packing and moving, I have a lot. Hence, the first run to Goodwill this morning. It wasn't much, but three bags to them is three bags less I have to move, right? Seriously, though. The biggest stuff is about 80% packed - the books. Now it's just the kitchen and linen closet. Most of my clothes don't need to be packed since I'm moving 2 miles away - literally. I'll just stuff them in the car in bags and move them in and out. I'm hoping the packing and moving only takes two days. The unpacking should take less since my sis will be here to help. Then it's New Year's Eve, baby! (I say that as if I have something fun planned. I don't. But my sis will be here, so if nothing else, I won't be alone in or in a bar with a hundred strangers). And I'm very much looking forward to the visit and the company.

For now, I shall close. I have some (more) sewing to do. Then it's off on a jet plane tomorrow and some to have fun and relax for the holidays. Woo hoo!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Random thoughts and random acts of kindness

I've been sewing up a storm - had a friend order 9 bags and another friend order a yoga mat bag, which I had to design as I'd never made one before...they are all done now, as are my shoulders, which are a bit tense and sore from 1) yoga 2) pushups and 3) sewing. But it's given me something to focus on for the weekend, while I wait like a kid for Christmas, for my upcoming getaway! Never mind that I've been trying to intermittenly pack up the apartment and pretend like moving doesn't suck nearly as bad as I know it really does. Thank goodness I'm not moving very far and double thank goodness my sister is flying in to help me out - as well as help me celebrate the new year. Ha! It's going to be a great month and a great 2012!

As for the random acts of kindness, I was on the receiving end of one yesterday that made me smile all day! I went to a favorite local restaurant for a quick and delicious breakfast, which I ate with relish. When I asked the waitress for my ticket, she informed me that I had no ticket...obviously, I looked very puzzled (I puzzled and puzzed...but didn't have to puzz until my puzzler was sore). She explained to me that there were some regulars that were in that morning who decided to play Santa and pick up the tab for a few of the strangers breaking bread that morning - and I was one of the lucky ones. Wow! What a shock and an utterly pleasant surprise! I've had that happen to me three times in my life now (one time I knew the folks), and I'm as grateful now as when it has happened before! People suck, but there are some good ones out there. It gives me hope that perhaps this world isn't as bad as I was brought up to believe. :)

On a completely different note, I am settling in to read a NOVEL over this Christmas break - one that I had started many many months ago and that had been put on the back burner due to a large volume of other reading I've been having to do. I am thoroughly enjoying the chance to read something for pleasure again, and am devouring it as I used to. It's not even a happy or uplifiting novel, but it is fascinating. And just nice to read because I want to.

Have only been running three times a week of late - coming off the marathon I decided to take it a bit easy. I'm in the lull of not even really wanting to run...which is normal for me, post-race. Though I could likely be enticed with a shorter, faster race. Perhaps another half marathon, perhaps another PR? If the conditions were a bit better, I think I could. However, I also have been running a bit injured, so I'm fighting with myself about resting versus continuning to run to keep my hard-earned fitness. We shall see which side wins that war...BTW, the novel I am writing about marathoners (fiction) is getting there. I believe I am up to 33,000 words or so (not, that's not a typo). It's about 60 pages or so of typed, single-spaced story-telling. Let's hope I can actually finish it and start the even more grueling task of editing, and asking others to read it and give me honest feedback! Gah. I'm not sure I'll ever be that brave.

It's Sunday afternoon and my chores are pretty much done. I'll be packing packing packing up the apartment as I scrounge boxes. And packing for my trip soon. In the meantime, one more day of clinical work tomorrow, run, eat breakfast with my pals, deliver bags on Tuesday morning, sign my lease, and generally get ready for my holiday away. Super excited about the upcoming week - ice-skating on the beach, the Poinsettia Bowl, and a lovely dinner out. This Christmas is definitely better than last year's, and it hasn't even gotten here yet!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Well, I'm back...

To Blogspot! I couldn't figure out tumblr. Maybe when I am less dinosaur-ish, but for now, I'm going back to the familiar. However, there will be no pictures posted until I figure out how to restrict them from going into the e-world e-ther. Working on it. JM - help please? (Since you're pretty much the only one that reads my blog these days anyway!)

Getting my clinical work quota in for the week - three days in a row on clinics. Weekend off (packing, sewing, packing, sewing sewing sewing), then one more day of clinics on Monday. Tuesday, more packing. And more packing - but this time a small suitcase with heels and a hot dress for a "date" in San Diego. OK. It's not really a date. It's the partial fulfillment of a losing bet I made, but I get to have a nice dinner in a hot dress with an even hotter (male) friend. That's not so bad, right?

Not much else to say right now. Busy busy busy - at home, not at work. The Fogelberg curse strikes again, and the usually busy days are slow. It really is God telling me that I was never meant to be a clinician. I don't regret my experience, but it has certainly reinforced my original feelings...I'm looking into things I can do with my education and training though - never fear!

OK. I really don't have anything else to say now. Bye!