More Lessons From Home

I've only been here for four days and I'm beginning to understand what drives people to eating disorders. Since my last visit home I've maybe lost about 1o pounds. Everyone that I've met up with while I've been home immediately compliments me on how great I look. I'll admit that I've been trying to eat healthier, and I'm sure my increase in exercise is also helping with the whole weight loss thing, but it's nothing I'm really intentionally doing. I just want to be healthy. However, I'm completely seeing how society reinforces us (and I think women especially) for losing weight and looking slimmer. Perhaps some of this just stems from the fact that I'm pretty self-conscious about my body and I don't really know how to deal with it when someone gives me a compliment. On the other hand, I'm getting sort of used to it and so it's kind of nice to come home and know that I really am making progress towards being more healthy.

Also, I've run into several parents of my friends from high school. I was really bad about keeping in touch with people and so some of these people I literally haven't seen in almost 5 years. The sad thing is is that they all seem so old. I can really see that people are aging. I hope that I don't look so old. All of a sudden these people that use to seem so young now have wrinkles and aren't quite dressing like the latest trends. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just makes me realize that I myself am also aging, and while I'm not really concerned about wrinkles and not looking fashionable, I am left wondering where has the time gone?


Back in the Midwest

So far, home this time around hasn't been nearly as boring as the last time I was here. I've managed to keep myself fairly busy and hopefully by the end of the week I will have even caught up with some old friends. Therese was kind enough to let me drive her car around today. I started my morning off with a run through Washington park. I absolutely LOVE the park and since I've been running more regularly lately I actually managed to completely the whole loop. Last summer I could only run half before I would have to stop and walk for a bit. So this morning I was very proud of myself as I was still running when I hit the very large hill at the end. After my run I showered and got ready for the day. I stopped by my mom's school and she made me sit in on a meeting for a bit and then tell all of her co-workers about my job. I was definitely put on the spot, but I made it through. After that, I went to Old Navy and bought some capri pants. I've been on the search for some good spring pants for a while and I finally found them today. I then took Therese Monty's for lunch. They have the best sub sandwiches ever and so I always make sure to get one when I come home. After lunch I went to the Sprint store. I had been dreading this trip all day long b/c usually I have to wait there forever and then end up paying large sums of money to get my phone fixed. Today however was a different story. I was the only one there and I got a free car charger because apparently that's how they work here. I don't know. The man didn't really explain why I didn't have to pay, but I wasn't really going to ask questions. I just said, "thanks," and was out the door as fast as possible. Now, thanks to the man at the Sprint store, my phone will now charge and so I actually have a fully charged battery. Feel free to call me...I can now talk for more than 2 minutes. Tonight, after dinner my mom and I went to the craft store and bought materials so that we could decorate picture frames. I made two when we got home and they are super cute. I love being crafty and miss doing things like this in Boston. There aren't really a lot of materials, so I think I'm going to take the stuff back with me so that I can be creative on a more regular basis. Plus, now I have really cheap, but cute birthday gifts!

On a side note: I've been really bored with my posts lately which is why I haven't been posting regularly. I like looking back and seeing what I did on certain days, but I want there to be more and I think that I've somehow managed to take away the "something more." We'll see what happens. I'm not going to stop blogging, but I'm trying to think of what to add to spice things up. Until then, I guess I will just live with recapping my days.


It's been a long time.

It has been far too long since I have written, and much has happened. About two weekends ago, Carrie and I went to a music festival in Lake Placid, NY. Besides hearing some really great bands, we also got in some skiing. I haven't gone skiing since my junior year in high school and I was a little worried about how I would perform, but it turns out skiing is kind of like riding a bike. Two runs down the bunny hill to brush up on my turns and I was ready...or so I thought. We were also with 2 of Carrie's friends who snow board and were much more experienced than the two of us. They suggested Carrie and I try out a run they had just come off of and so we agreed. Turns out it was a blue and pretty icy. I lost my edge pretty early on in the run and ended up taking a really hard fall on my hip. Everything is fine now, but I was definitely in a bit of pain for about a week from it. However, besides one other fall I managed to stay on my feet for the remainder of the trip.

Carrie and I on the lift up Mt. Whiteface.

Last Weekend

I was lucky enough to have visitors last weekend and we managed to have a very good time. Danna and Lori flew in for their spring break. The first night they were in we went over to Greg's house so that Danna and Lori could begin to meet "the gang." Greg and Adam proved to be the only people in town, but the 5 of us had a really fun night. The next day I took the girls into the city for a day of shopping and sight seeing. It was also Lori's birthday and so that night we went out to eat to Legal Seafoods for a really great dinner. The following day we did my shopping, this time at the outlet mall and then Danna and Lori got to meet the rest of my friends. We tried to play power hour, but no one was really watching the clock and so it just turned into a night of fun and games. Things probably got a little crazy, but that's to be expected when your hanging out with my group of friends. We all have a pretty stressful job and so we have definitely learned the meaning of working hard and playing hard. The girls' visit was great, but left me very exhausted. Luckily I only had to work for a week and now I'm on vacation. I'm currently sitting in the O'Hare airport waiting for my plane which is now delayed for at least 90 mins.


Loving Life.

Today was a fabulous day. Wait...let me back up. Florida was wonderful. It was very relaxing and the dad and I got to spend a little quality time together, but I got a tan! So, on to today (more like last night and today).

About two weeks ago I put up a sign at the gym saying I would be interested in the occasional babysitting job. Last time I was at the gym, all the tabs with my number on it were gone, but I still hadn't received any calls. However, last night I finally got a call and I met with the family today and I think it's going to be perfect. There are 3 kids, all under 3. The oldest is 2 and a half and then there are twin girls who just turned 1 last week. These girls are all beautiful babies and they were really well tempered. The mom stays at home and will be around most of the time, she really just needs a hand keeping things under control. So, I will start this in about 2 weeks and work in the mornings on days that I don't have to go to work until the afternoon. And...best of all, this job will bring in at $300 extra dollars for me a month...perfect for weekend spending/shopping money, so that I can finally start saving my real paychecks.

So, second on the list of wonderfulness...I think I have somewhere to live next year. There's a house in Malborough that some girls at work live in and all of them are leaving at the end of the contract year in August. It's a 5 bedroom house and rent in only $1500 a month!!! This is unheard of in this area. Right now I live in discounted housing through where I work and my rent is $500 a month. To think of only having to pay $300 a month makes me weak in the knees. (As I'm typing this my future roommates just called to tell me how excited they are about this house!)

Next, I was talking with one of my future roommates about how I really felt like going for a run outside today (the weather was wonderful today). She then asks me if I want to join her and some other girls to train for a half marathon at the end of August. I said sure, even though I've never been one to be able to run extremely long distances. About 20 minutes later she was in our team office with a workout schedule that started today and goes up until August 20th. The miles we run increase gradually and there are 2 5k races mixed in throughout the spring and summer. I'm really, really excited about it. My ultimate goal is to just be healthier and I think that doing it with a group of people will be that much more motivating. I started off following the schedule tonight with a 2 mile run and some strength training. I think this is going to be a very good thing!


Heading for the Beach!

Tonight I was getting ready to go meet some friends for drinks, when my dad calls and asks, "How do you feel about going to Florida next weekend?" Let me back up one second...my dad is an accountant and there's some big deadline on March 1st before the really big April 15th date. He usually takes a small vacation before the 15th to relax and re-group before getting stressed out all over again. His original plan was to come see me in Boston. He hasn't been here yet to see my place, so we were going to hang out and have some quality father/daughter time. However, we both decided that we would rather go someplace warm, so my dad told me to pick the place and he'd foot the bill. Aren't I lucky?? So, I decided on Sanibel Island/Bonita Beach area. I've been to Naples, but not to any of the islands in the area. I think it will be nice and relaxing, probably not quite as warm as I'd like it, but I'll take 78 over 20 any day of the week and this point. (see last post for more on me and the weather!). So, that's that. I'm going to Florida in a week!!! I couldn't be happier.

Quite a good deal

A friend of mine is trying to quit smoking. We all are very into Behaviorism because of where we work and so he decided to make up a behavior plan for himself to make himself quit smoking. This is all very good for him because smoking is horrible for you, but it turns out that this plan will also work to my benefit. He's decided that I will be his manager and that every time he smokes, I get $3. This way, he's losing money by smoking and so it should become less and less reinforcing as time goes by. So far I've made $9 from this deal and I couldn't be happier. Therese gave me the good idea of saving some of the money so that in 3 months when hopefully he's kicked the habit, I can take him out to dinner to celebrate. The only other things that I have to do is try and talk him out of smoking when he gets urges and have a weekly meeting to go over things. Clearly, this is serious stuff. I just hope it works because I'm really not a big fan of smoking until your lungs turn black.


Normalcy is Great.

My life is finally feeling like I want it to, like I am really in control. I've come to accept the fact that I have indeed graduated from college, but life isn't over. The whole full-time employment thing isn't half bad, and when you add a little grad school on the side, my life couldn't be more ideal. I have a job doing what I like that pays the bills, but there is so much room for exploration and growth that it almost makes me giddy. I've settled into a routine, (I'm usually not one for routines, but this I feel is a good thing right now) but I know that this routine isn't going to last forever because I still have lots 'o stuff I want to do. That being said, the right here and now is great. My life feels normal.

I am also anxiously awaiting the changing of seasons. I realize I still have a good month left of really cold weather, but there is an end in sight. There has already been much talk within my group of friends about cook-outs and weekends on the Cape. I can't wait! I do enjoy actually experiencing all of the seasons, but my appreciation for winter is about done. Lets get on with it so I can play outside.


Girl's Night In

This past weekend proved to be a bit crazy, perhaps even bordering on out of control. Because of the events from the weekend, Carrie, Sarah and I have decided that there needs to be more girl time without the guys. So, to start this off right I'm cooking dinner tonight for just the girls. Both of my roommates are gone this week, so that leaves me in the house all by myself. I love some alone time, but if I'm here for a week alone, I think I might go crazy. I just got back from the store and I'm planning on making some sort of chicken breast tonight (I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet, but I'm sure something will come to me by the time I start cooking.) I also got some wine..."2 buck chuck" from Trader Joe's. If you haven't had this before, you must. It's only $2.99, but it tastes divine. There have been studies done with it and professional wine tasters think it's some great, expensive wine, but really it's just good old Charles Shaw Chardonnay from Trader Joe's. If you're looking to entertain a lot of people with wine, it's definitely the way to go. So, that will start us off for the night. Who knows what will happen after dinner, but I know for sure we have lots to talk about.