Lots of changes going on around here…and while change can definitely be a good thing, lots of changes all at the same time are definitely making me a little stressed. I have nothing to complain about because they’re all good changes…but there’s a lot going on right now, that’s for sure.
So what’s going on? Here we go…
i have a sister-in-law
I mentioned last week that I was in Chicago and that my brother was getting married…that happened! I’ve been in a bunch of weddings and always on the bride’s side, so being on the groom’s side was definitely a different experience…and definitely much easier. It was also a much more low key wedding than any I’ve been to before…smaller, morning ceremony with a lunch reception, followed by pizza at my parents’ house. Excellent. Some of my extended family came in, and it was fun to see them and meet my cousins’ kids who I hadn’t had the chance to meet before.
And of course I got to see my Katies (and Bill!) and enjoy being in Chicago for a bit. Win.
I’ve been in the process of packing for a couple weeks due to working and being out of town. I signed a lease for a studio starting on October 15th, and I’ve been packing and packing…and packing. I just keep finding more stuff and one of my goals when I move in is definitely to get rid of stuff. I don’t even know what most of it is or why I even need it. (Except for the Christmas tree, that can stay.)
But, Susan, you say…why are you packing now if you don’t move until October 15th? Well, that’s because…
i’m going to africa
Yep, that’s right…I’m leaving for three weeks in Africa on Saturday! I’ve been looking for the right time to take a trip with Discover Outdoors to volunteer with elephants in Nambia…since I love elephants so much. I’m always marathon training, which isn’t totally conducive to a three week trip with little running. When my back wasn’t getting any better, I figured it was time to go. It sounds like a fun project and a great way to experience Africa…we’ll be sleeping in the desert! And seeing animals! I’m hoping Gatsby will find his mother. Just saying. After two weeks in Namibia, I’ll be heading to Kenya and Ethiopia with a college friend, Nick, who is currently living in Nairobi. I owe him many beers for how much help he has been in trip planning.
I’ve been getting vaccinations (hello, yellow fever), attempting to work out flights (got a call on Thursday morning last week saying that my flight had been canceled because I hadn’t paid for it…even though I did…then they needed my passport information [which was in NYC and I was in Illinois]…then it was only that they needed my birthday [which they had]), and buying things like trekking boots. Excellent.
It’ll all be worth it in the end, but it’s a lot of work, especially since I’m moving at the same time. And by moving, I mean putting my stuff in storage since my lease is up at the end of September and I don’t move in until October 15. It’ll be fine. Sleepovers with Jocelyn!
Sidenote: I could probably run in Africa, but it’s not like I’m in shape anyway, and I feel like this is one of those experiences where I shouldn’t be trying to squeeze in a run. You can think differently if you want.
It’s been slow going lately. And my slow going, I mean 8:30-ish pace. Which I feel bad saying, but for me, that sounds so slow compared to when I ran 7:45’s without a care in the world. 8:30 feels…well…not easy. I know I took six months off and that it will take time to get back to where I was before, but it’s still hard. I think I ramped up my mileage a little too quickly since I ran 15 miles two weeks ago (and nearly died in the heat/humidity), and then I passed out at 6pm. Slow down, Susan. Needless to say, I’m registered for the NYC Marathon this year, but I might end up deferring…I certainly won’t get many miles in while in Africa (irony?), and I’m definitely not in marathon shape anyway. We’ll see.
In other news, I hesitantly registered for Boston next year…not sure I’ll be in marathon shape by then, but fingers crossed.
i have a cold
I thought maybe I was getting sick when I started falling asleep at 9:30pm all last week and sleeping for ten hours…or maybe I was just behind on sleep. Either way, I now have a sore throat and feel sort of run down…which makes this whole packing/moving/travel plans process a little more rough. I called out sick from work, which I basically never do…but I don’t feel well and nurses shouldn’t go to work sick anyway. Right? I still feel bad about it.
Fingers cross this passes and I’ll be on my way…
it’s all good stress
Okay, well, minus the cold which I can’t really do anything about, this is all GOOD stress. My brother got married. I’m moving into a studio apartment that is MINE ALL MINE (with laundry and an elevator!!). I’m going on a three week vacation. I CAN RUN AGAIN. Life is good.