Goodbye January

The first month of 2017 has come and gone. Usually I love January, even with the usual mild case of the post-holiday blues, but this year it was a little uneven for me. On one hand I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of successfully completing my first marathon at Disney World so that was absolutely amazing. But then I got sick shortly after getting back from Orlando and the rest of the month was basically a disaster. I missed a lot of work, my fitness routine was all but abandoned (I haven’t gone to the gym since January 6th), and I’ve eaten more comfort food than I’d like to admit. Luckily things are starting to turn around. I’m finally getting healthy and I’ve started running again (my 4 miles tonight weren’t pretty, but I’m improving). Hopefully I’ll make it back to boot camp on Friday too. It’s going to be a rough road to get back in shape, but I’m glad to be getting started. February is going to be better than January, I’m sure. I already have a lot of plans with friends and running buddies that I’m looking forward to. Traditionally my blogging tapers off in February, but I’m going to try to keep it up in 2017. I’m really enjoying writing on a regular basis and I hope there’s at least one person out there who enjoys reading it. Here’s to eleven more months of 2017!

NaBloPoMo 2016

It’s November 1st and that means National Blog Posting Month 2016 has begun! My attempts to update my webpage every day in November have been utter failures for the last few years so we’ll see if I can be any more successful this year. It’s not that I don’t have a lot to write about this time of year with race season starting and all of my favorite holiday excitement, but finding time to do so is the real problem. It doesn’t help that I’m on week 9 of my marathon training program right now which includes 24 miles of running, and my weekly mileage is only going to increase as the month progresses. So I have no idea if I’ll actually be able to post something all 30 days in November, but at least I’m going to try.

November 1st also means it’s time to shift focus from Halloween celebrations to Thanksgiving preparations! The last few days of October – including the Rock ‘N’ Roll Los Angeles half marathon, my annual chili cook-off at work, and trick or treating with friends – were busy, but a lot of fun. I’ll write more about those activities in another post (gotta save something for later this week!). But now that we’re into the second to last month of the year it’s time to exchange all of the jack-o-lanterns for turkeys! I actually put up my Halloween decorations on October 2nd, unlike last year when I was negligent with my holiday revelry until early December. Since my Thanksgiving decorations are scarce I may leave my Halloween items out until I unpack all of the yuletide decor. At least the pumpkins. The last three months of the year are my favorite so why not enjoy them as much as possible? Speaking of which, it’s time to go plug in my string of pumpkin lights for a little ambiance on this lovely fall evening!

Goodbye July

It’s been so long since I posted anything but pictures. Every weekend I sit down in front of my laptop with the intent of writing a post, but then I manage to find a reason to not follow through. There’s always something else I could be doing, whether that activity is more interesting than writing or not, so I put off a new post for at least another week. In my defense it’s been an amazingly busy summer so far! That doesn’t excuse my absence, though. There’s no way I’ll ever catch up on all of the stuff that’s been going on since April when I published my last substantial post. Maybe I’ll still give it a try. But right now it’s time for me to get changed so I can go for a run. Today is the last day of Boeing on the Move 2016 and I want to finish strong! Without the burden of the pedometer I might have a little more free time coming up soon. We’ll see how it goes!