Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Failed Run + Yesterday & Today's "Fun"

I just caught up on my blog reading and apparently I'm not the only one who had a failed run this weekend. I didn't share this on Sunday's post, but I went out that afternoon for a 6+ mile run and had to give up after 5 (though I really gave up after 4). The 3 miles from home up to Mallard Lake felt great, but as soon as I made the turn-around and headed back, my digestive track started to rebel. I wanted to try to make it home, but it got to the point I was in pain and sprinting for the restroom at the White Oak picnic area (thank goodness it was open ... they JUST opened WO back up for the season). I tried to pick the run back up after and it just didn't happen. I would speed up and get so winded I could barely think and my stomach would rebel even more. After 5 miles, I said "screw it" and just walked the rest of the way home. I'm a little glad I didn't take my cell phone with me (despite mom's spaz attack over it before I left) otherwise I would have been tempted to call her to come pick me up. As long as I was walking, my body felt fine and it was good for me to do that last bit of mileage even if it wasn't at a run. Plus, it gave me an idea for a summer job if I can't find a REAL job right away.

The Butterfly House is hiring and while it wouldn't be an ideal job, it would be a paycheck ... and it's close to home. I can bike or run on nice days and save money on gas. I'd like to get my car paid off by the end of this summer so I can focus on my student loans and everything my parents stop paying for the minute I graduate. My savings is completely shot, even my "moving" fund I squirreled away in CDs 2 years ago.

One month until I'm done, masters or not. I'M FREAKING OUT!

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30 Days of Fun:

April 2 - I didn't really do anything deliberately for this day. I sat in my favorite spot on the couch (where the sun hits when it comes through the sky light) and read a little. I sorted through postcards I found when cleaning boxes out of the spare bedroom and found one from December '89 that my Grandparents sent me from Disney World. Of course, this started me bawling like a baby, but I'm glad I found it. Crap, I'm tearing up just thinking about it. This is sort of unrelated and totally NOT about the "30 Days of Fun", but I've been thinking about my dad's parents a LOT lately, probably more than what's good for me. I've been crying easier and more often, like, even more than RIGHT after Grandpa died. I don't understand it, but I'm doing what the therapist told me and just letting it happen, and then trying to "end the experience" with a happy memory of them and a positive thought for my future without them. I have such a hard time dealing with grief that I guess the best thing to do is just get through it, sort of like "fake it until you make it." That reminds me, I need to get those old family videos put onto DVDs. There are a couple old ones of me as a kid with both pairs of my grandparents that I REALLY want.
Picnic Pants - SOURCE

April 3 - Have you seen these yet? They're called picnic pants! "An Italian company ... has created a pair of denim capri pants that feature a piece of fabric between the thighs. The flap spreads out when you sit cross-legged, so it doubles as a plate. It even has a pocket on the outside of the thigh to hold a drink!" No joke. I thought it was hilarious when I saw the news story (linked in the caption of the image) the other day, but I just went on to read the next article and semi-forgot about it ...

... until this morning when they were brought up on Bob & Tom. Their reaction was pretty close to my original one. Ha. Now, if you listen to Bob & Tom with any regularity, you know that the occasional story or incident will prompt them to pull out a "tribute" from a comic friend or a song from their arsenal. Much to my joy this morning, the picnic pants inspired them to play this gem from Here Come the Mummies:
 If you've never heard of Here Come The Mummies, you can check out their website HERE. Please, go read through their bios and look up some of their other songs on YouTube (especially THIS ONE). If you can get past the hilarious double entendres and the personas, they really are amazing musicians. I saw them live once and had a complete blast. I don't know if I was singing along or laughing more. I can't wait until they're in my neck of the woods again. As great as their music is recorded, they're even better live (not many artists can claim that)! Just imagine me in my car, it's still dark, driving from boot camp to campus, laughing so hard my eyes are watering. I'm pretty sure I scared the woman in the car next to me at the red light. Yep, that was this morning. :)

1 comment:

  1. I am sorry about your run :( but we all, ALL have those runs. Sometimes you just need to stop. Don't worry.

    However, I just need to tell you that I WANT PICNIC PANTS!!!!!!!!! is that weird??? I think it's genius :D