Five Quick Thoughts

My mind is a bit scattered this week–but not in a bad way. I think in the past when I’ve felt unfocused it’s meant that I get less done. Lately though, I’ve been trying hard to employ a “just do it” attitude by eliminating the bullshit and making the best use of my time that I can. Sometimes that literally means shutting things down and going to bed early because an extra hour of sleep will be a lot more valuable to me than staring blankly at my Mac at the end of the night!

Earlier this week I was struggling putting a post together. Instead of banging my head against the wall, I tried working on some other writing projects that won’t be shared on the blog. Bingo! The creative juices were flowing like whoa. I’ve gotten so hooked on the instant gratification of blogging and sharing that I’ve worried about the lack of energy I might have for other work. In the past few days I’ve learned that the energy for each will come—I’ve just got to direct it in the right place as it does.

In the spirit of meeting myself where I’m at, and in lieu of expounding upon one or a few cohesive ideas, I bring you some quick and perhaps incomplete thoughts that have been running through my brain these first few days of March. There may be more of this type of post in the future. It feels like a good way to keep my writing gene loose without expending all of my energy. Plus, I get to stay connected with you all and get to hear what’s on your mind. Please do tell in the comments!

  • I’m very grateful I’m married to someone who isn’t afraid of silence. I think my hubs and I have at least one meal a week that ends up being eaten in almost complete silence. I love that. I’ve been around a few people lately that are noticeably uncomfortable when there is nothing to say. Rather than sitting in this discomfort they tend to make awkward small talk. No thanks! The world is full of noise–in my opinion, we don’t always need to contribute to it.
  • March Madness BABY!! Many of you know I am a hoops FAN(ATIC), so it’s no surprise that I’m super geeked that Selection Sunday is this Sunday. This month started out extra awesome because they held the Big Ten tourney a week earlier than normal. And…WE WON! Go Blue! Wolverines baby! I am super excited that we’ve now been Big Ten Champs two years in a row. While it’s an awesome accomplishment, I am also hoping that these guys have some luck and have a great run in the tourney this year. My hubs has already made a declaration that despite the outrageously prohibitive costs, we are going to San Antonio if Michigan makes it to the Final Four. Fingers crossed! Still–regardless of how my team does, this is always one of my favorite times of the year. The first four days where there’s just basketball on from 12 noon to midnight–it’s what I live for. The last second shots, the upsets, the emotion of seeing kids on the court for the last collegiate game they’ll ever play. OMG. I love it.
  • I’ve found a third love in strength training. I’ve been hardcore into running and yoga for years but strength training is newer. I had dabbled in lifting weights for most of my adult life–mostly putzing around with selectorized machines in hopes that I would slim a specific body part (those hip abductor machines are never empty at those college gyms!). The past few years has been the beginning of putting a true emphasis on strength training. I finally conceded that it was absolutely necessary in order for me to run without injury. While for a time there I found it to be this boring but vital chore, I’ve now grown completely in love with it and with the idea of building muscle and getting stronger. The other day I told my hubs that I now care about strength training as much as I care about running and yoga. It surprised me when it came out of my mouth but it’s really true. It’s really a practice–just like my other disciplines–and I get excited every day when I realize how much there is to learn. Case in point: I saw a girl doing all these amazing exercises with kettlebells the other day and now I’ve been googling and watching YouTube videos on them excessively. I was a bit intimidated by them in the past and sort of always had them on the–“I’ll try working with those someday” list. Then all the sudden on Tuesday after seeing this girl, I’m game. I tried a few basic moves in my workout this morning–it was a blast!
  • I don’t know how I ever lived without a humidifier! I bought a humidifier on a whim about a month ago when I was sick. I had a terrible sore throat which was being exacerbated by the fact that my nose was so stuffed that I could only breathe through my mouth. I thought if the air was a little less dry, breathing would be a little less painful. After only about 6-7 hours of using the humidifier I no longer had to breathe through my mouth–I could blow my nose and take in air through my nostrils. I’ve continued to use the machine since I’ve been sick and it’s had two drastic effects on my health. First, my skin is considerably less dry. I was having the worst winter skin I’ve ever had this year and really struggling to find a moisturizer that was heavy enough but didn’t make my skin feel gross. Turns out a little humidity was all I needed! I’ve also almost completely solved my itchy eye problem which at times was feeling pretty out of control. Now that I’ve done some googling I’ve found that a humidifier is one of the top suggestions for these two problems. Why didn’t you guys tell me?
  • I kind of love that our weather has been really crappy lately. Don’t get me wrong– I want the cold and the snow and the SLUSH to stop very soon…but Spring is coming, I know it! I kind of feel like these last few weeks are like the last few miles of a marathon. They suck, but we’ve just got to give them the best that we’ve got and know that that glory and wonder is waiting for us on the other side. I think one of my favorite things about warm weather is how light my life is in it. A swimsuit and a dress and a pair of sandals and I can go from yoga to work and then out to dinner for the evening. I’m so over the boots and the puffer coat! If you’ve been a little low lately with some seasonal depression–hang in there! I hear the birds and I see the sun. Happy Spring is coming!

 

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38 thoughts on “Five Quick Thoughts

      1. Hahaha. Just this morning I was saying that. Sometimes I feel like I work so hard, and even though I workout to some degree daily , some days are tough. Here’s a funny story. A few weeks ago I thought I might try to teach myself to jog, instead of run. (As you know I am supposed to be done with it). Well my husband went by unexpectedly😂😂😂. I’m in big trouble….😂😂😂but man it felt good to my soul. #wegotthis

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  1. Get on the kettle bells chick, they are epic! I’ve not had time lately but was doing a routine called the Spartan 300, which is basically 16 excersise that you do back to back without putting the kettle bell down. I have to start with a 8kg and work my way up, but will be back with it once I sort my life out 😂 💪 xx

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    1. Yay! I am getting on the kettlebells for sure. I admire your strength like crazy so especially amped to hear this from YOU!
      I think that is what i started with the other day, 8kg, it was the heaviest I could do! Now I feel a little less wimpy knowing you have started there as well, yay! Thanks lady!

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  2. It is amazing how much good one extra hour of sleep can do. I get caught in the same trap of staring blankly at my phone or laptop at night. Never does much good unless I am finishing an assignment. Have a great weekend girl!
    Spring is coming! : )

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  3. Re: silence. It reminds me of the line between Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. I think it’s really true!

    “That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f**k up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence”

    College basketball seems very daunting with the sheer amount of teams, but something I’d like to get more caught up on as time passes. I just know that generally Duke and Kentucky are the traditional powerhouse teams, and the Michigan Fab 5 team from the 90s as I’ve become a huge Jalen Rose fan based on his media work!

    NBA has been so good this year, so much excitement and great young talent.

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    1. I freaking LOVE that line in Pulp Fiction. The first time I saw it I was just like, YES.
      College basketball is SO fun Paul! You should really get into it–although perhaps you don’t want to cross the line into full-fledged fanatical crazy person like me! I understand ;).
      When I first met my hubs he only watched Pro. Our first “date” was sort of over the phone. The NBA playoffs were on and we ended up watching them for like 7 hours straight. He really didn’t have a college team he rooted for at all and barely watched.
      Now he is as big of a Michigan fan as I am–he’s obsessed. It’s pretty fun!
      The Fab Five were a HUGE part of my childhood. I am from Ann Arbor, which is where UofM is and sports and the university are so much a part of how i grew up. I think we went to every home game the fab five played, we had season tickets for years.
      It’s funny–Jalen will always have such a place in my heart because of the fab five–but I don’t love his media work. I am insanely proud of him, and glad he is doing so well. I just disagree with 98% of his analysis!

      But yes, agree, NBA has been interesting–GREAT young talent. Playoffs should be interesting!

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      1. There are very few films which I re-watch, Pulp Fiction is probably top of the list. Such a great cast, so quotable, and it still elicits some literal laugh-out-loud moments!

        Must have been such a great experience to be part of that while it was happening, from what I understand, the Fab Five were a genuine phenomenon at the time! Also, one of my favourite rock bands (The Stooges) were formed and based in Ann Arbor.

        Fair enough re: analysis. His work with Bill Simmons and the podcast he’s been hosting for the last 5 or so years really got me into following the sport. What I do love about basketball coverage (and I suspect this goes for US sports coverage in general) is how much variety there seems to be in terms of analysts, personalities, hosts, etc. Soccer coverage in the UK tends to be very dull, stock responses and low energy.

        For sure, can’t wait! As much as I’m a neutral and just love watching all these amazing athletes, I really want to see Rus go on a tear in the playoffs 😀 I don’t think anyone else plays that hard every game. And I can’t think of many better first dates than a 7-hour play-off phone conversation marathon 🙂

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  4. I LOVE that you did what I call a “random” post. I did one the other month and it felt so out of character even though years ago when I blogged on Xanga (because all us cool college kids did that before Facebook) I did it all the time. I think sometimes you have all these things in your head that don’t merit a whole blog themselves but that you need to purge from your mind. I think it’s a fun way to clear your mind and people learn new little random things too about you. We need to stop feeling the pressure to make such “professional and insightful” blog entries all the time and just roll with it as needed!

    In regards to your 5 randoms…

    1 – I am one of those anti-silence, make small talk types! Jason is not though and being married to him has taught me to learn to appreciate the silence. When we first met and would drive here from Scranton I’d fill the nearly 3 hour car ride with chatting because it felt so awkward to me to sit in silence. Now if we visit Scranton I’ll chat if I have something to say but otherwise just kick back and relax!

    2 – A few years ago I filled out a bracket and ended up correctly picking the final 4 having no knowledge of college bball whatsoever.

    3 – I’ve found I enjoy strength training more without weights; I love total body strength workouts and have learned so many new moves by doing the DailyBurn app workouts. I actually put together a 10 min total body strength circuit for the track team this year as 100+ kids is too many to fit in the high school weight room!

    4 – I know I should invest in a humidifier (we took Jason to the emergency room about a month ago for a severe nosebleed that wouldn’t stop) but honestly I’m cheap and I know you have to buy replacement filters and all that jazz.

    5 – Give me spring please! While I gained some appreciation for cold weather running this year, I HATE standing around in it to coach. I did the warmup run with my crew yesterday of about 1.3 miles but their track workout (400, 600, 800, 600, 400) I had to time so I couldn’t join in.

    Thanks for the random fun today!

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    1. That’s exactly it TN–I couldn’t take the pressure of trying to be insightful anymore! I definitely think what I am using this blog for and/or what I am getting out of it is changing–which means you might see more posts like this! Not sure if that is a good or a bad thing, but I appreciate the warm reception to it this time.

      I love that you have grown more comfortable with silence with Jason. It feels so peaceful and settling to me to be able to sit in silence with someone.
      Awesome about the strength training program you put together for your kids–sounds great. I like a mix of a lot of different things–some involves weights, others don’t, def like to mix it up to keep it exciting!

      Girl! Get that freakin’ humidifier! Are you kidding me? Severe nosebleeds? They really are not that expensive and the upkeep is really less exhaustive than you imagine. My humidifier doesn’t even have filters you have to change. I do have to clean it once a week and I thought that would be a huge pain, but it’s really been fine. I imagine you probably live in a larger space than I do but still there are relatively small and affordable machines that can humidify a decent area. It’s SO worth it. I imagine it would change his dry nose situation pretty quickly–I know It worked for a coworkers wife almost immediately!

      And who am I kidding–I am sick as hell of winter too! Just trying to keep it positive over here–trying to make myself super grateful for Spring when it finally arrives ;).

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  5. Glad to know I’m not the only one with writers block and to many things lurking in my head! Strength training is awesome. I love knowing my body is getting stronger and yeah, those muscles aren’t so bad either 😉 Between fitness, blogging, required home chores, and my newest hobby, flipping antique furniture, I’m all over the place! it’s not a bad thing 🙂

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    1. You are def NOT the only one lady–been happening to me a lot lately! Trying to turn it on it’s head a bit and just be as creative as I can rather than letting it frustrate me!
      You are right, it is not a bad thing. Also, can i just say that you flipping antique furniture is like the coolest thing ever! I often wish i was creative in a more visual way–it;s just not my strength at all. At least I have your blog so I can live vicariously!

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      1. Yes, some days, I go get coffee with my laptop and an empty head and just sit there rolling stuff around till it finally comes. Weirdly, I often write the best then haha and thank you! I’m having a blast with it and thinking of just doing a post on my escapades and some before/after kinda stuff. It’s just so exciting to me to see things get a new life and have more years of use and enjoyment. I appreciate your kind words 🙂

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  6. So wise! I love the idea that we do not always have to contribute to the noise. This may be one way to look at our writing as well… not always necessary to post, sometimes going within is valuable too. Cheers & happy arrival of Spring!

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    1. You totally turned my “wisdom” on it’s head with you’re writing comment. You are right–sometimes our contributions aren’t necessary, or maybe even the right thing. I think this is when pausing before I speak and act becomes really essential.
      Happy Spring–almost there!!

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  7. Great way to emphasis all that is good and right in your world! I love it. You’ve got it together kiddo. I be incorporated strength training, cardio and yoga into my practice for years…but my oldish bod won’t let me do what I used to. I’m hearing the creaking and popping in my hips and knees….Sigh…anyway! Great post and thanks for the reminder that Spring is around the corner. It sure doesn’t feel like it after Wednesday nights 15” in dump of the white stuff! But yeah…it’s coming. 😄

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    1. Aww thank you lady! Not sure I have got it together, but def trying over here!
      I am sure even as age starts to limit what we can do, keeping up with the different types of training as you have helps a ton! I have one sibling who doesn’t exercise at all who has an attitude of basically, “why work so hard take care of yourself when life is so unpredictable–you could eat perfectly and then die suddenly of something you can’t control.” To this I always think, I don’t eat well and exercise SO I live a long time–I do it IN CASE I do. I don’t want aging to be miserable!
      And yes, Spring is indeed coming! I am thinking these big snows and awful storms are just amping up our gratitude–we are really going to appreciate when it’s gorgeous outside!

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  8. Yup weights are cool and I’m happy I’m being able to work them back into my life, having more energy this marathon campaign for strength and conditioning as well as just racking up the miles. Nooooo to the weather, though, messing up said marathon campaign! YOU are awesome, though.

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    1. Alright-wishing for better weather for you for sure! I want it to get better here as well–my thinking was just that how shitty it’s been is going to make me that much more grateful when the beautiful warm sun gets here!

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  9. First: I love silence!!! After being in the classroom all day, I love coming home to a silent place, well at least for a few minutes.
    2) I’ve wondered about dehumidifiers? I might look into one:)
    3) weights are awesome! I especially love how they have helped my running and made it seem easier and me faster:)

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    1. Silence is amazing right? I think sometimes my favorite thing is Saturday mornings when my hubs and I lay in bed for a few minutes quietly and just let the sun come in and wash over us. The best!
      So maybe you have too much humidity there huh? I am using a HUMIDIFIER, for MORE humidity cause it’s so crazy dry here!

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      1. Lol ya I’ve been sleeping with my window open and a fan on to be able to breathe this week, but most of the time it rains every day so I think you’re right- I don’t need one! I’m in a minimalist kick right now🤣
        Your Saturday morning sounds perfect!!!!

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