Friday, June 28, 2013

When Life Gives You a Lemon

...junk it and go get a new car.

Yeah. So you know that whole "stop and smell the espresso" stuff I wrote last time? It turned out to be a lot bigger than just a scheduling inconvenience. Betsy III (aka "Betsy the Tin Can") is no more. She  gave out that day and despite my best efforts could not be revived. 

And with that the emergency search for a car was on. Thank goodness for my sister and grandmother, both of whom went out of their way to help me out and tote me around. I missed the better part of two days of work getting everything straightened out, but it did all happen in the end.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slowing Down to Smell the Espresso

My mornings are usually pretty hectic. No easing into the day for me. I'm up before 6am and out the door before 7am. I rarely eat breakfast or have my morning cup of coffee unless it's while walking, driving or working. It's just the way I work.

This morning started out the same way. I jumped out of bed into the shower and then went straight to the multitasking: brushing teeth, drying hair, checking the day's schedule, grabbing my lunch from the fridge while hopping on one foot trying to get my shoe on. Oh, and don't forget the extra pair of shoes (dress heels) for meetings. I hopped in the elevator to go down to the garage, wishing it would run faster as I was already feeling late on my day. Getting in the car, I didn't expect anything was wrong, but by the time I'd gotten up the drive, into the street and to my first corner, I knew my little car wasn't making it to work this morning.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Facebook Break

I'm taking a break. I love Facebook. I really do. But lately it's gone a bit too far and it's been taking up too much time and energy. Am I the only one who struggles with this? It's not that I'm deleting my account. And I'm not going to completely forbid myself from checking it or reading. What I AM doing is cutting down on the posting.

I am a bit of a like/comment whore. I post stuff because I want people to interact with me and it. And when I don't get the response I'm expecting it's disappointing. And when I sat down and thought about it, it really was kind of sad.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Time Out!

I am convinced that sometimes I just need to take time for myself. Yes, I take vacations (well, once every few years). Yes, I don't work 24/7 (though sometimes it feels like it). And, yes, I do take time off now and then. But when was the last time that I took time off just to really relax, agenda- and worry-free? It has been too long.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Face of Euphoria

As you may know, I'm not a huge fan of pictures of myself. But when I jumped on the official race photography company's website and saw "my" pictures, I knew I wanted to buy one. Even though they aren't phenomenal. And even though they're overpriced. Why? Because when I look at those pictures at the finish line, I can see the euphoria of finishing. At that point, it didn't matter that I was sick, slow and struggling. In those last few moments I felt like a rock star. And it kind of shows. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of myself with such an open expression of joy. Usually because I'm careful (a little too careful) about curating pictures of myself that end up online. But this time? I don't care. Yep, I look disgusting. Yep, I've got a double chin. But it doesn't matter because the look on my face is what I love.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Things That Irk Me

1) Colds that never go away - Actually, not so much a cold as this little tickle of a cough that refuses to leave and keeps me up at night.

2) People commenting on weight loss or gain (perceived or actual) as either conversation starters, compliments, or commendations of character - Seriously, guys. There is so much more to me than the circumference of my waist. But do my relatives ask me about my job? My life? Nope, they ask me about my weight. Fantastic.