Thursday Thoughts: February 26

Last weekend, James and I drove home to visit family for the weekend.  We had to drive through sleet and rain for about an hour, then it was clear roads all the way home! Mom and I were able to get out Saturday late morning for a run with Shay.  The weather was gorgeous for February, and we had a great run, just like old times.  Shay wasn’t having anything to do with the picture before our run, she wanted to run and chase squirrels!  After our run, we got pedicures at the beauty school, which felt amazing, and now I have pretty pink toes for spring, if spring ever decides to arrive.  I do love my Shay; I miss being able to run with her and Mom on a daily basis.

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One of the most exciting parts of the weekend was getting to meet this handsome little fellow, Gordon.  Mom and Dad adopted him a couple months go, and he’s been ornery and playful and adorable.  He’s about 9 or 10 months old, and he is so playful!

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I was also coerced into buying girl scout cookies by the cutest and most persuasive girl scout I know.  I bought cookies on Saturday, and they are gone already.  Crazy how addictive and yummy those things are.

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We visited Grandma and Granddad, and Grandma shared her chocolates from Valentine’s Day with us.  She go the biggest box of chocolates ever.  Notice how she is eating them from the bottom right hand corner up to work her way through the box.

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I found this gem of a photo while looking through old pictures with Ava over the weekend.  Talk about a zumba #throwback!  I rocked that front row back in the day.  Miss my zumba days with Michelle, Mom, Maja, and the gang.

 

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We came home Sunday afternoon, and though we missed watching the Oscars on Sunday, we watched them Monday night.  For the first year in many, James and I didn’t bet who would win each category.  I’m pretty sure I’ve won the last 5 years, at least!  Jasper was happy to have us home, I like to think he missed us while we were gone.  I know I missed him.

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After a not-so-great run on Monday, I missed running Tuesday due to a Dentist appointment.  I was able to make it to the Groupie run tonight, and test-ran in some Adidas Ultra Boost shoes.  They are cushy and responsive, I liked them quite a bit. The wind sure was cold on the run tonight though, I’m glad we ran into the wind the first half, so I had a tail wind on the way back.

It’s supposed to snow 3-6 inches this weekend, we’ll see if it actually does.  House of Cards is released tomorrow, and I’m sure James and I will be watching most, if not all, of the episodes within a few days.  If it snows, it’ll be a great opportunity to binge watch them.  We are still working our way through Sherlock too, we are ready for Season 3.  It’s been a great show to watch, we are in love with the show and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman‘s performances.

Have a great weekend, and if it snows, be safe!  Best of luck to my sister who’s running the Little Rock Half Marathon this weekend!

A Run Does Not

Today, by all rights, I had a pretty crappy run.  I’m still getting over my cough, it’s been lingering for a week.  I had WAY too much sugar and not enough water this past weekend.  The cold weather cut right through me, and went straight to my lungs.  Not every run is a good run, it’s just a fact.

In my yoga classes lately, my instructor has taught us about the ego mind and the buddhi mind.  The ego mind tells me that “this run sucked… and I’m bad because I couldn’t run well tonight.”  The buddhi mind, however, tells me “I ran, and it was.”  The buddhi mind does not judge, it is the ego mind that reacts and puts judgment on the sensations.  You can read more about the ego mind and buddhi mind, and the other two minds, the manas and chitta, here.  It’s all very interesting, and I think it’s very true.  My mom and I have talked a lot about this too, though we didn’t call it buddhi mind and ego mind, we have talked about the importance of “being and accepting” instead of judging.

So during my run this evening, when I realized I was having a “bad” run, I tried really hard to push those feelings of “bad” down, and just BE IN THE RUN.  This journey to “be”  will not be a short one, the ego mind is a strong one, but I think that acknowledging it is definitely a step in the right direction.  I think my weekly yoga classes are helping my running, in more ways than I thought they could.  I am strengthening my body, my muscles, my joints, and most of all, my mind.  This is not just true for yoga and running, I believe the journey to recognize things as they are, and not placing judgments is going to be a lifelong journey, and one I am excited to undergo.

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A run, or any thing in life, does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Thursday Thoughts: February 19

Over the last weekend, James and I celebrated Valentine’s Day, and our 11th year together.  I forgot to post this picture, it’s from dinner at The Well, I was presented a rose when we walked in the door.  It was a nice touch by the restaurant.

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Also over the weekend, we found this most amazing little pet tie for Jasper.  He wasn’t too sure at first, but once treats were introduced, he wore it like a little gentleman.  Jasper is officially the most dapper cat ever.

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James and I have been wanting to watch Sherlock for a while now, and finally sat down and watched the first 3 episodes (season 1) this week.  To say we love it is an understatement.  We both like Sherlock Holmes stories, though I think James has more history with the stories.  Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are a great team, and we can’t wait to watch the 2nd and 3rd seasons – each season is only 3 episodes, but the episode are about an hour and a half long.  It really feels like a series of movies more than a British TV show.  It’s on Netflix, so if you haven’t watched it and like Sherlock Holmes stories, Benedict Cumberbatch, or british accents, you should really drop what you’re doing and watch it now.  You can thank me later.

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I found these little gems at Target the other day.  I love bel Vita breakfast biscuits, and usually have them for breakfast most days on my way to work.  These are itty bitty baby bite sized biscuits.  I found the mixed berry and the chocolate bites, and they are both pretty tasty.

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I am finally feeling better, after battling bronchitis for over 10 days.  I still have a bit of a lingering cough, especially after I run and when I wake up, but I feel tons better than I did last week.

Tomorrow, if the weather holds out, James and I will go home for the weekend to see our parents and grandparents.  We haven’t been home since Christmas.  It’s hard to believe that Christmas was already 2 months ago.  I’m excited to get a hug from Mom and Dad, to drink a snowball, and to meet Mom and Dad’s new little fur baby, Gordon.

Have you seen Sherlock?  What other “must see” shows should we add to our list?