Thursday Thoughts 5/30/13

1. Drank this jumbo margarita after running 4 miles last night. It was delicious and potent. That’s all I will say about that.

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2. I never thought I’d be able to run 4 miles like I did last night, and actually enjoy it. It wasn’t a fast run, but it wasn’t slow either. It was exhilarating and I felt STRONG.

3. Even though I worked half days on Sunday and Monday, I still am ready for the weekend. Four day work weeks aren’t all they’re made out to be.

4. Something exciting may be in the works for my living situation. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I’m going to be optimistic at least.

5. For reasons I can’t explain, I’m watching the last part of the HBO special, “Behind the Candelabra” and I’m feeling pretty uncomfortable about the whole thing…Matt Damon as a gay man is kind of weird–sorry, I mean really weird.

6. And just for kicks and giggles….

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This was me today… Thank goodness tomorrow is payday!

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Life Lately

Life lately has been FULL. Full of bike rides, puppy walks, research, friends and family. I work hard and I play hard and it’s never felt better.

Walks in the afternoon with Luc are still part of my agenda. It’s relaxing for me, and I *hope* fun for him. He’s such a good companion, and puts up with me no matter what.

IMG_1922Walks, then crashing on the couch. I could do this forever.

IMG_1925I dropped my friend’s dog off at the vet on Friday. He’s a Bull Terrier and one of the most unique dogs I’ve ever met. He’s also deaf, so communication can be a struggle sometimes. But he’s a good one…

IMG_1929Dinner out with my parents on Friday night to kick off a long Memorial Day weekend. We ended up at a restaurant where they serve the single best vodka martini I’ve ever tasted. So, obviously I had to order one…with bleu cheese stuffed olives.

IMG_1931A quick 15-mile bike ride Saturday night followed by a beer with the group. We decided we need to start ending our rides like this more often.

IMG_193524-mile bike ride on Sunday, then afterwards I introduced my parents to “bushwhackers”–essentially a chocolate, alcoholic slushie. In a word: delicious. Another word? Dangerous. Don’t have more than 2.

IMG_1936And finally for Memorial Day I did a group ride at sunrise (5:30am). It was glorious and the perfect way to end a fun-filled weekend.

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IMG_1946Even with all of the wonderful things I’ve experienced in the past few days, I still found myself getting “antsy” at work today. I suppose it’s just because summer weather has arrived and my trained response for basically all of my life until now is to drop everything and relax for 2 months. It’s strange, I don’t have a summer anymore and I’m okay with that. I don’t really know what else I would do if I didn’t have my research. Obviously, I love to ride my bike, workout, walk my dog, grab drinks with friends, but these things aren’t permanent. And neither is work. We have to spread life evenly with all of these things to feel well-rounded. Too much play, and we stop appreciating when things are really fun. Too much work, and we stop appreciating the feeling of success and achievement.

I guess that’s what I mean by work hard, play hard.

Thursday Thoughts 5/23/13

1. I didn’t stop all day today. It was a great, exhilarating day. I don’t even mind.

2. Some days in grad school are about conquering fears, big and small. I feel like every experience up to this point has built on another. I’m more confident now than I was one month ago. But that confidence is only gained because I’ve been pushed, or pushed myself, out over a ledge. And when I don’t fall flat on my face, that’s a success, and when I do, still a success…

3. I’m so happy to be where I am right now. I don’t know if it’s renewed motivation or what, but I’m feeling good and more anxious than excited about what’s to come.

4. It was SO hot today! Summer has arrived.

5. Now I’m off to spend the rest of the evening watching Sex and the City reruns and sipping on some red wine before bed.

The Intangibles

I’ve had a whirlwind week. 56 mile ride on my bike last Saturday, followed by a week in North Carolina, where I was fully immersed in my favorite topic: Behavioral Pharmacology. I did’t take very many pictures while I was away, in fact, I really don’t have anything to show for my trip at all–in the material sense. Everything I’ve gained in the past week has been entirely personal and “intangible”.

At first, I was upset that I had not taken more pictures, shared more instagrams or documented my trip more. But now I realize that the important things came home with me. I’m more motivated, inspired and excited than I have been for some time. I’m excited to go to work, I’m excited to read and I’m excited to be back in my element. What seemed like work now seems exciting again.

I have more confidence than I did when I left. I met some amazing people in my trip, people that I most certainly will come into contact again in my future. And that is exciting. More than ever, this trip brought me back to where I needed to be. No, nothing is different about my home, my school, my lab…but a LOT is different about me, and that makes all the difference.

Thursday Thoughts

1. A friend and I did a peaceful 12-mile ride this morning out by the water. For a minute there I forgot I was in Mississippi:

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2. I’m doing a group 50-mile ride Saturday. I registered and everything, so no backing out. I’m excited/nervous!

3. Headed out of town next week. Another case of “excited/nervous”. But what I am most looking forward to is the fact that I am going completely solo to a new place, to meet new people. I feel like that’s how you truly learn about yourself. Where there are no preconceived notions about who I’m “supposed” to be, because no one knows me. I can’t wait.

4. How is it already Thursday?! This week has flown. And there’s still so much to accomplish!

5. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Considering ALL THE THINGS my mom does for me on a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute basis, I am not missing out on this opportunity to celebrate and spoil her with goodies. I hope she feels loved every day, but it’s nice to have a special moment to make her feel extra special. She deserves it.

6. Just for laughs

LAB WORK:

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This Year

I had a party-filled birthday weekend for my 25th birthday this year.  It reminded of how many wonderful people I have in my life. I feel so lucky to have so many loving friends and family to call my own, and I don’t want to know what life would be like without them.

I might have partied a little too hard this weekend. I’m still trying to recover a bit today. But that’s me. I’m not perfect. I certainly try to be a lot of the time, and it usually backfires. Because not one of us is perfect. There is no such thing. We make mistakes, we fuck up, we hurt people we love…we are human. It sounds depressing, but it should be refreshing really. Of course, we should always try to learn from mistakes and less-than-great choices we might make in life, but we should be kind to ourselves too. Know that, hey, it’s okay.

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I was thinking about how I’m 25 now. I know, it’s not old and it’s not a huge deal. But to me, I try to take meaning out of most things in life. Just because I can. And to me, 25 means I get another year. Another year of living life, learning about myself, and finding out who I am. Another year to strive to be my best self, to love myself, to enjoy life and to live in this moment, because the next one is not guaranteed.

 

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If anyone needs me–I’ll be living life, making mistakes, learning faster from some than from others, and trying to find myself in this 25 year…

 

This Moment

This is partly for fun, but partly serious. I’m loving this song right now, not only because it’s duh, Christina and Pitbull, but also because of what it reminds me to do.

 

Happy, HAPPY Friday!!

Thursday Thoughts 5/2/13

1. How is it not Friday yet? Seriously, this week is never-ending and slowly sucking the life out of me.

2. I’m having a birthday party tomorrow night and I’m so so so depressed that it’s raining. It was supposed to be outside, on my parents’ patio, but it has been raining since Tuesday and is not about to stop. Thank goodness for the margarita machine.

3. Something I’ve realized this week–my emotions about a situation are very dependent on how other people are feeling about it. For example, I have a really fun weekend ahead, complete with my birthday party and a crawfish boil, however due to the way others have been acting, I can’t get excited anymore. What’s that about?

4. Relationships are hard. Especially long-distance, long-term ones. Communication is hard too. And some days, it’s hard to not be selfish and just take care of me and what’s going on around me. I hope that’s kind of normal.

5. I’ll try to be more positive from now on.

6. We had fitness assessments yesterday for an 8 week bootcamp I’ve been participating in. To sum it up:

  • – metabolic age: 12 !!
  • – 3:17 minute plank (longest I’ve done yet)
  • – 7:47 mile run (it was tough)

7. Oh, and speaking of fitness achievements, here’s the results of my 5k last weekend. Not my best, but it was a fun race and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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8. Anyone else gonna miss this, now that it is actually May?

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I know I am.