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.