20 July 2010 @ 11:01 am
Hear me roar!  
You all should be very proud of me - I went running this morning! For the first time in... um... an embarrassingly long time. It was before May, I know that much. But yesterday, bienegold kindly reminded me that the 8 mile race I agreed to run with her this summer is in less than 2 months. 2 MONTHS. So, scared out of my mind, I decided to start training (something she's been doing for months now).

Since Matt works further away now, and my hours got cut to only 40 per week, instead of 44, our morning schedules no longer synch up. I still get up with him around 7am, but while he leaves around 7:45, I don't need to leave until 9:15. This leaves me with a whole lotta time in the morning. So far I've been using it to wash dishes, clean the cat litter, spend some time enjoying my morning coffee instead of drinking it as I drive in to work... but no longer! As of this morning, I am using that time to RUN!

Today, my first day back, was... awful. I ran about 3 miles - running 1.5 miles, then walking about a quarter mile, then running another 1.5 miles. It took about 40 min, which isn't terrible for about 5k, but I wanted to dieeeee by the end of it. I had to give myself mental pep talks (changing "you can do this; don't die now" under my breath as I ran) just to make it that last mile. Bleh. But I did it. And I also got in to work waaaay later than I'd thought because I had a billion other things to do this morning. I've got to learn some better time management...

But for now, it's enough to say I ran. And I will run tomorrow. And Thursday. And not Friday, because I have pole dance that day and that is enough physical activity. But Saturday, Sunday, next week, and the weeks beyond? Oh yeah. I will be running then too.
¿Cómo Estoy?: accomplished
Tags: fitness
22 March 2010 @ 01:48 pm
Hee hee  
Okay - so I know this is dorky, but I am super excited! Matt and I are going to his fraternity's formal spring dance this weekend. It's in DC and I guess they invite alumni as well as current members to attend. This is the first real fancy outing I've been to since... gee, prom?? When I was in college a bunch of my friends got to go to the Sigma Nu formals, but I was never close enough to anyone to go. I just assumed I'd missed my chance for that when I left college, but now I get another chance! And with the guy I'm madly in love with, which always makes it better, right? <3

Now to figure out what to wear....
Tags: matt
12 March 2010 @ 01:29 pm
My favorite part...  
...of working from home is that the cats wander over and lay on my shoulders, or my laptop keyboard, or on the other end of the couch - just within arm's reach - as if any day that I'm not home is useless to them because they wouldn't have me around to cuddle an kiss them or watch them roll on the floor and lick their paws.
06 February 2010 @ 11:04 am
If you haven't heard, the DC area is being hit by.... SNOWPOCALYPSE!!! It's been a pretty crazy winter so far, and this is our second major snowstorm. We're up to over a foot already, and it hasn't slowed down yet. I'm loving it though! Getting snowed in with Matt is awesome, esp after a long week of having houseguests and a month of busy weekends. Last night we watched all 3 original Star Wars movies (well, he did, I fell asleep through two of them, lol).

Not too many other plans for the weekend. We need to clean the house like whoa, esp the garage where my pole is buried. I'd like to be able to practice at home again, so I'm making that a priority. Also I'm pretty much off next week since I haven't found a new project yet. But I'm sooooo excited to be off the IRS project. And excited too about what might come next.

Anyway gonna go back and hang out with Matt. Will keep you all posted on the state of SNOWPOCALYPSE!!!!
¿Dónde?: Herndon, VA
¿Cómo Estoy?: productive
Tags: irs, matt
31 December 2009 @ 11:28 am
Last Day of 2009  
Okay, I know it's not really a big deal but I think most people enjoy the opportunity to reflect that the New Year provides. The transition into 2010 seems different from last year, when I was signing up for challenges, making resolutions left and right, setting tons of goals to get my life in order. A year later I'm happy with my life. There are a couple of things I want to work on next year but in general, the things in my life that had me so depressed last year are gone.

On December 31, 2008:
- I was in a bad relationship. No way around it now. You all told me it was bad, I didn't listen and I kept in it until he ended it (as soon as it was convenient for him). While it wasn't physically or verbally abusive, it definitely wasn't what I needed at that point in my life. I spent the first quarter of 2009 convincing myself that I was even worth loving and that the bad faults I exhibited (neediness, paranoia, jealousy) during that time weren't my true self and weren't completely my fault.

- I was really lonely. Coming up to the end of my first year out of college, I missed everyone at Knox. I hadn't made any good friends, I worked all the time, my own boyfriend didn't seem to want to be around me, and my only company was my cousin and her husband (who I worried about seeming like a nuisance). It took going out and making an actual effort to be social throughout 2009 to stop feeling so worthless. I spent a lot of time learning what I really liked and figuring out who I wanted to be. Nowadays, I still have batches of lonliness - I miss having friends close by to call up and hang out with. I spend a lot of time with Matt, of course, and his friends and in some ways I feel like a hanger-on in the group. But I've a lot made friends in my improv troup, the play I'm in, and I talk to my college friends online more. It's a lot better now.

- I quite liked my job, even if it wasn't the work I wanted to do, and it sent my on a lot of business trips. Unfortunately, this is one of the few things that got worse in 09. My job now is tedious, far away, and even further from my career goals than my 08 job was. But this dissatisfaction has led me to a lot of realizations about my future career goals and pin pointing what I really want to be doing. I've made some decisions about whether or now I see myself staying at IBM, and the kind of work I want to do instead. I'm hoping 2010 will see me putting these plans into action and growing more happy with my job.

- Fitness wise, I think I was about the same. I think I even weighed the same. It's a little sad to know that I was doing really well in the first half of 2009 about losing weight, eating right, and exercising, and now I've sunk back into the same patterns. But it's an ongoing fight, and at least it hasn't gotten any worse. Meanwhile, I did accomplish a few things, like finding an exercise class I enjoy (yay pole dance!), learning new recipes, running my furthest distance (5 mi) and incorporating exercise as a fun activity through biking, ice skating, and hiking. It's a gradual process, but I'm hopeful that by this time next year my jeans will be a little looser.

So all in all, I think 2009 was productive, and, while not the most impacting year of my life, I feel like I made forward progress. I'm not really making resolutions this year, I'm pretty happy with my lot in life. And while there's nothing wrong with always wanting to improve, I don't want to get in a rut of "this year I will lose weight, find a better job, and make more friends". Frankly, whatever happens, happens. I have an odd premonition that a lot of stuff is going to shake up in 2010, and I'm excited to see what that will bring.

Happy New Year Everyone!
¿Cómo Estoy?: grateful
17 December 2009 @ 11:03 am
Mission 101 Update  
This is the first of a few more end-of-year/new-year posts that I'll be writing over the next few weeks. To start things off, I wanted to return to my Mission 101 in 1001 list. Started on February of this year, it's now been 319 days since I started, and I have 682 (or approximately 1.8 years) left. To be honest, I haven't been actively pursuing goals like I probably will when I have 50 days left, but I have been achieving some just because when I made this list I knew there were certain things I was bound to accomplish in 2009. I've been crossing some things off as they go, but here (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER(EVER(EVER(ever))) is the complete list of Mission 101 things I did in 2009:

You can see the whole Mission 101 in 1001 list here

2009 AccomplishmentsCollapse )

So I've started/finished 33/101. All in all, not bad for 10 months, but I think 2010 is really going to see me crossing off things that just *need* to get done, and hopefully improving areas where I'm lacking - for instance, I haven't started or finished a single thing in the Greater Good or Career categories. Whoops.

Anyway - an actual Year-In-Review is coming up (I know you're dying to read it) and also some New Year's Resolutions (on top of all these goals, lol). Hope everyone else is enjoying their last days of the decade!
¿Dónde?: Gaithersburg, MD
¿Cómo Estoy?: accomplished
19 November 2009 @ 10:58 am
Things I Need To Do...  
1. Resolve most recent IRS defect... preferably before boss comes by and asks about the status.

2. Finish my PDFA (this is the document detailing evidence why IBM should promote us. It is crazy hard to write, especially when you're low on evidence anyway, but still feel like you should petition.)

3. Write 10,000 words. Not too hard, right?


*sigh* Not too much to do, but a lot that I don't want to do. And how did I get SO far behind on NaNo?? I was doing well for a while! Still, all I need are one or two really good days and I can catch back up. Says I.

Speaking of novels, I've started reading/listening to The Golden Compass on my way to work. Man, I love it so much I hate it a little! It's so good, and so vaguely steampunkish (ZEPPELINS!) and everything is so well written and the characters are so complex... augh. I just hate encountering something so similar to what I'm trying to write, yet SO much better that I feel dwarfed even trying to add my own interpretation to the genre. :(
I only have 3 discs left so I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I'm already sad that it's going to end soon. I wish I'd read this book as a kid. I don't know if I would have appreciated it as much, but it's definitely a book I would have loved.
In a lot of ways, I can't wait til I have kids so that I can read them The Golden Compass and the Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter... They're fun to read on my own, but I imagine they'll be even better to share.

Okay, enough daydreaming and back to work, I suppose...
¿Dónde?: Gaithersburg, MD
¿Cómo Estoy?: nostalgic
¿Qué Música?: Treehouse - I'm From Barcelona
18 November 2009 @ 10:57 am
Music Meme  
Stolen from lilgrump

Step 1: Put your mp3 player or whatever music player you have on random.
Step 2: Post a line/stanza from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Bold or cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

Have fun, and don't cheat!

Songs below the cutCollapse )

The weird thing is that I don't even listen to all the songs I have in my iTunes library, so I honestly don't think I'd be able to name all the songs I've listed. Oh well, good luck friends!
¿Cómo Estoy?: bored
¿Qué Música?: Hahaha, no hints.
Tags: spam
11 November 2009 @ 01:57 pm
Who invented all these things we have to do?  
So life goes on in much the same way that it did yesterday. I did end up going to my cousin's for dinner, which was nice until right after dinner when it suddenly got cut short. Her husband's parents who were visiting, found out their cousin died over the phone. So suddenly his mom is crying and my cousin doesn't know what to do and everyone is upset so I made a quick exit. Have mentioned that I am comforting!fail? But I've only met Mitesh's parents a few times, and it just seemed best to leave.

Meanwhile, I finally figured out a way to make Matt feel at least a little better. The play he's in has it's final shows this weekend. I know he wants his friends to go, but so far no one really made any concrete plans to show up. So I emailed a bunch of our friends over FB and offered to make everyone lunch on Sunday and then carpool over to Matt's show (which is close to our house) that way a bunch of people would go to the final show. So far 7 people have said they're going, so that'll make Matt happy. Especially because he has to go straight from the show to his grandma's wake, which I know will be hard for him.

Work's been stupid busy the last two days so I haven't gotten much writing done. There goes my buffer... But Matt's gone again tonight, at a play rehearsal for a show their doing at an elementary school, so hopefully I can use that time to get ahead again. I'm trying to figure out where there plot is going from here, and I have a couple of ideas, including a few that operachk19 suggested. It's nice to know that someone's reading my story. :)

I need fingerless mittens gloves for typing at work... it's so damn cold in my office!
¿Dónde?: Gaithersburg, MD
¿Cómo Estoy?: cold
¿Qué Música?: Better - Regina Spektor
09 November 2009 @ 08:04 pm
Holy rusted metal, you guys!  
Remember when I said that I was way behind on my word count, and that I'd basically have to double my 7000 word novel today in order to get back on track? And how I was whinging that I wanted to write, but couldn't just sit down and do it?

This is the part where I'm a BAMF...Collapse )
¿Cómo Estoy?: creative
Tags: nanowrimo