This morning I got really inspired.  I was reading Jamie the Very Worst Missionary’s latest post about how difficult it is to get motivated to exercise, and I found I could completely relate. 

Right before today's run.

I used to go running at the U of A’s rec center, but about 6(!) months ago I got very busy and I had to stop.  Since then, I have tried to get into the habit of running a few times a week, but it’s hard.  things come up, and then it started getting hot, and I found I could come up with all of these excuses about why I wasn’t going to run that day.  But today I realized that I was putting off something I genuinely loved to do.  So, I got off the computer, threw on my running clothes, and went to the park.

Now, the whole time I was fighting this.  I worried that it would be too hot to be enjoyable (this is Tucson, after all).  I was afraid that I would make a fool out of myself, since I had not run in so long.  And I knew that I would be sore afterwards.  But I went.

And now I’m back again.  It wasn’t too hot-painfully humid, but not too hot.  I didn’t make a fool out of myself-there was no one at the park, and I ran about a mile, based on my time, and walked a little while after that.  And I am sore, but it’s that wonderful kind of sore that comes with a physical accomplishment like running a mile after 6 months of sitting on my butt.  Was it worth it?  Absolutely.  I feel good, and healthy, and I will be doing it again.  Maybe tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, then Saturday.

So, I want to say thank you to Jamie for inspiring me to rekindle something I love.  Now that I’ve started, I don’t really want to stop!

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Normally I do not set an alarm when I have a day off because Nason wakes up at a decent time, so I just get up a half hour or so after he leaves for work.  This morning, however, I woke up a little late. 

Well, not a little late. 

10:50.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it was the fact that we went and saw a movie last night, or maybe because we stayed up until midnight or so afterwards.  Maybe it was the…hanky panky…this morning.  But whatever it was, I am now feeling a little disoriented.  It feels like half the day has been slept away.  If I was at work right now, I would be done with 5-6 hours of my shift.  That’s a significant amount of time, and I’m kind of embarrassed.

On a different note, we all enjoyed the movie last night (we went with a couple of friends).  We went to see Shutter Island, and it wasn’t really what I expected.  Having only seen the previews in a couple of places (and not really paid much attention to them), I thought it would be more of a horror film, and I was a little apprehensive.  However, it was more of a psychological thriller, and I was very impressed.  I loved that it addressed some of the issues in methods of mental illness treatment, from the lobotomy to medication to simply treating patients with respect and caring for them (which surprisingly works to some degree as shown in the town of Geel).  Overall, it was an enjoyable film with enough twists and turns to keep all of us guessing.  I’d love to go see it again, just to see if my perception of the film has changed due to the plot twist at the very end.

Your turn!

Seen any good movies lately?

Today was my first day off since finishing my Spring semester, which means it was my first day off without a sense of urgency since January.  To celebrate, I decided to do something I enjoy, but do not get to do often. I went shopping.

I went to Bookman’s to find some books to read over the summer.  After poring over various novels, I finally narrowed it down to three: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient, Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and David Levithan’s How They Met and Other Stories.  I can not wait to start reading again, after a semester of mostly textbooks and only a couple of good novels.  The only question is which one to start with???

After Bookman’s, I suddenly realized how close I was to a used furniture store.  Of course, I had to go in and take a look around.  I love old furniture.  I love the way used furniture stores are hodgepodged together like a maze, with new surprises around every corner.  Like the stone and glass chess set (yes it was missing two pieces, but that only added to the charm), or the tall bookshelf with the old white paint.  I loved the embroidered chair that comes with a tiny footrest, and the writing desks that fold down to reveal secret drawers.  I like the smell of furniiture stores-a combination of fabric, wood and memories.  There is always something unique and exciting, and I love searching for it.  I didn’t buy anything today, I simply spent the time wandering through the store, admiring the interesting pieces.

On a side note, our kitchen table was a used furniture find.  It is a funky little octogonal thing, with these fantastic chairs that have high backs, and it is wooden and sturdy.  I love it! 

After going to Bookman’s and the furniture store, I went down to Sunflower Market to pick up a few things, primarily peanut butter.  I love Sunflower Market mostly because of their great deals on produce, especially organic, as well as their great bulk selection of nuts and dried fruit.  I picked up some dried fruits and almonds to attempt to make homemade Lara Bars today, and I also bought some asparagus, which will go great with dinner tonight. And of course I didn’t forget the peanut butter.

All in all, I’d say it was a nice day off.  Now to get cooking!