For real, when did it get to be April? Even more so, when did April get to be a third of the way through? When I realized how long it had been since I’d posted anything at all, I was shocked. Oooops. Mea culpa.
So where have I been? Here. Let’s review.
1 — I’ve started running to work. It’s not overly far, only 2.5 miles plus a bit more, but it’s a good habit, I think. Regular exercise, increased stamina, and a nice shot of endorphins to start off the day. Win-win-win. Plus, I get to the office so early that no one other than the security guard sees me in my post-run glory: red, sweating, huffing and puffing. (A win for the little vanity I have…)
2 — I’ve started making progress on my book again. (Hurray!) You see, I was riding a lazy high after hitting a big milestone a while back, got busy
with other things, and slacked off. But this week has seen me back on track; thank you, Muses!
3 — If you don’t count Easter candy, I’ve gotten my eating habits back to where I’d like them. Crazy good veggie burger recipe (Chipotle lentil burgers, I love you), incredible creamy vegan salad dressing, lots of veggies. And I feel better (go figure…)
4 — I saw a really entertaining movie last weekend: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Funny, good cast, engaging story, good scenery (including my beloved Scotland).
5 — DC is getting a legitimate spring this year, instead of the traditional 3 beautiful days before the heat and humidity set in. (Hurray!)
6 — Easter candy does count (see 1)
7 — Work has been kicking my ass. I am exhausted, despite keeping up a good sleep schedule. There have been lots of long meetings, furious stretches of work on the weekends, strong desires to slam my head against the desk. While I generally enjoy my project team, we’re getting to the point in every job where I want to punch them all in the face. I just remind myself this particularly stressful time will be over soon. (Not soon enough—grrrrrr)
8 — My seasonal allergies are going bonkers. I was largely spared last year for some reason, and I foolishly thought that maybe I’d finally gotten used to DC. What I should have realized is that anytime I even think something like that, it comes back to bite me in the ass. What I really need to do is buy stock in whichever companies manufacture Kleenex and the OTC allergy meds I use. Sigh.
9 — The guy who sits across from me at the office (who has become a good friend over the past 2 years) is leaving to take a better paying job. I’m happy for him, but it’s going to change my office life so much—he’s my office confidante and probably accounts for at least half the human interaction I have on any given weekday. He was one of the few things that got me through the year and a half of work-hell. It’ll be weird to not have him there, yes, but mostly it will be sad for me. (There you go, Isabella, make someone else’s good fortune about you…) Fare thee well, Jim, and don’t forget us!
But enough of that. I hate that I got so far off track during this last month that I hadn’t even realized how long it had been since my last post. So my spring resolution is to do better! Make you a deal: you come back and check in on me periodically, and I’ll make sure there’s something to see. Deal? Deal!
I’ll leave you with a shot of Eleanor Roosevelt (well, a statue of her), who was awesome for many reasons, not least of which was her tremendous strength and wisdom.