Back into the groove

I started my year with 18 Days of Yoga from Brett Larkin. Though I’m not sure if I’ll make it the entire 18 days, it’s a nice focus for now. I’m going to visit mom on the 13th, and the nature of everything makes it challenging to stay on top of exercise, though she will do some light yoga with me if she feels well enough.

Day 1 kicked off with a sequence called ‘Hope’ which I really enjoyed. If you’re into home yoga-ing, you should definitely check out the series.

Running is off to a slow start this year. I am pretty fair weather runner. I need it be over 40º, under 85º, and only light precipitation before I’m willing to go out. Saturday morning was wet and 35º, so I stayed in bed (that’s a lie, I got up and re-caulked the bathroom). Since I knew it was going to be crappy out, I ran on Friday and busted out a 5k PR which was a nice start to the new year at least.

On Sunday we went up the park/trail, but instead of running we just walked around together and decided to detour into downtown for lunch; which was great.

Today it was back to work and reality. I didn’t, despite all of my best intentions, become a less dorky, less snarky, less cynical more focused and productive employee. But I’m probably no worse than I was last week. And I can use the next 52 weeks to work on that.

Second of January

We spent most of this morning working on the bathroom. We needed to recaulk the tub, which led to some serious cleaning, which led to some tossing of junk which led to laundry and the shower curtain rod falling when we tried to put the curtain back up. So, basically, a typical day in home improvement.

But then I got to go shopping for new bathroom things which was fun. $50 and 8 hours later and the master bath is in much better shape.  I’m constantly reminded to be grateful.

Today I’m grateful to have a nice cozy house and money to fix problems as they arise. 

Live like a mighty river

Happy New Year! It’s an arbitrary fresh start. And, hey, I’m all for it.

On Wednesday, after a 30 minute run dropped my phone battery from 85% to 12% my husband said we should buy me a new phone. And of course I didn’t argue. So I got the new 6s which is bigger and has taken some getting used to, but the screen size is nice when I’m playing on it

Last night we rang in the new year with drinks and pizza and a really terrible horror movie called ‘Deadly Friend’ and then we watched 80s videos into the morning, pausing for a few minutes to make sure we kissed our way into the new year.

I don’t really feel like looking back too much into 2015, it was a decent year with the glaring exception of my mom’s cancer diagnosis. That basically shaped a lot of everything in 2015. But she is currently doing pretty well and I spent a lot of time with her and have plans to spend even more in the coming year. And I’ll never stop praying for a miracle or being grateful for every day I get with her. (That was more than I even wanted to say about the whole thing, but there it is.)

I haven’t come up with any real goals for 2016. I just want to be more present and more whole. I want to connect more with people. More time with friends and family, more travel, more living with intention.

Last night, my best friend linked to Ted Hughes’ letter to his (and Sylvia Path’s) son Nicholas, which ended as follows:

And that’s how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.

And so that, my friends, is my intention for 2016. To live like a mighty river.

A New Start

I decided to start a new blog.  Yes, I already have like three blogs.  And no, it doesn’t even have a fancy design or it’s own domain.  I thought maybe I would just start typing and see how it goes.  When I was writing for nanowrimo, I realized how much I missed blogging.  So here I am.

Today, I didn’t feel up to a long run.  I started getting a cold on Wednesday afternoon and it’s just sapped all my strength.  But my husband suggested we just go up to the park and walk for a while instead.  So we did 5 miles – even walking up to the greenbelt where we used to live, talking about how life just keeps moving on.  It was nice.  I spend a lot of time with him, but I am never sad about more time – especially out in nature (even if it’s muggy and warm out).

I joined WeightWatchers again, on Christmas Day actually.  I’ve been feeling complacent and unfocused, and it felt like the right thing to do.  I probably should go to meetings so I can gain Lifetime membership if I ever hit my goal, but alas, I probably won’t. Meetings are probably great but they’re also a hassle and I have too much hassle already.

I spent too much of this long weekend sleeping, but I’m excited to have another one next week.  And I’m excited to see Star Wars tomorrow (at the ridiculous hour of 8am), and I’m excited for 2016.