Friday, 28 June 2013

Met My Goal

 
     So, one year ago today was the last day of work and the beginning of this terrific year.  I also started to keep track of my running miles, with the hope that I might acquire some miles over the course of the year.  In September, I hit 500 miles, in January I hit 1000 miles, and today I hit 1500 miles.... of running!!!  Me!  Who'd a thunk it?
A happy/pooped/hot/sweaty 1500 mile runner!
     The timing wasn't planned to coincide with the actual one year mark of when I started but it was cool that it worked out that way.  All three of these running milestones were met, coincidentally enough, in San Diego.  I do love the views at Torrey Pines and so today that is where I ran.
     I wonder if I have a couple hundred more miles in me before school starts again at the end of August?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Back Where I Belong

     So, I realized that today is exactly one year ago to the day that I wrote my first blog entry about it being the last day with students for the year and the first of my many days of feeling incredibly fortunate and excited about what was going to happen this year. 
     And here we are with many miles travelled, many new experiences experienced, many days spent with friends and family, many miles run, some books read, some concerts attended, some sunshine chased, some time alone, some time with others, some time reflected on, some future thought about. 
     And it has been a fan-freaking-tastic time.  I can't think of anything I would change about it.  It has been really interesting to document the year.  It sure makes you realize how much goes on/changes in 365 days.
     Today I found myself at the same place I did on the very first day when school started in September....sitting at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego.  Fitting book ends to a year with great things squeezed in between them! 

In "my spot"* in February...
and back to "my spot"* today!!
* ...a la Sheldon from Big Bang Theory... "That is my spot."
"In the winter, that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer, it's directly in the path of a cross breeze created by opening windows there and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide to create a parallax distortion"...but mostly the view is purdy!!


Saturday, 15 June 2013

Putting the "Stay" in Staycation


      Here it is, mid-June, and here I am, still at home.  Between the winter that would never end, some self-admitted laziness and self-imposed inertia, I have been home since my Costa Rican adventures at the end of March.  And it has been terrific!!!! 
  
The long-awaited harbinger of spring.
     "What have you been doing?" is a common query.  "Whatever the hell I want" is my usual reply.  This includes things like awaiting the arrival of long-overdue spring watching several tv series during awful spring storms ("Downton Abbey", "Banshee", "Damages", just to name a few), preparing songs for the jazz night and jazz brunch, spring cleaning and planting, trips home and to the lake, visiting with friends, relishing remaining time with some great friends who moved away, running, reading, my annual May Mecca trip to Ikea with my sister, attending the "Women of Distinction" Award banquet to help celebrate my niece's accomplishments.
     Again, whatever/whenever; appreciating the remaining days as they slip away and realizing how lucky I am to have this luxury of time.