I finished two books, you guys! I am so stoked. Little by little, the bird builds its nest, am I right? One was a novel, the other a more scientific book. Recap to follow.
I made my own pesto for the first time, and OMG, why haven’t I made it before? It’s so easy and so much tastier than the store-bought kind. I am trying to get my basil plant to grow again, so I can make more.
You must be wondering why I keep this category, because I rarely watch anything besides Friends reruns and 90-days fiancé these days. I did take a peek at the Democratic Debate again yesterday (and probably will today), just to stay informed. Are you watching?
I listened to a couple of episodes of the “Pod Save America” podcast. What else is new?
We didn’t really buy anything but a ton of food this month (we totally blew our eating out budget, ahem. What can I say? We like to eat and we ate out with company a few times, so it added up). I also paid for my travel to San Francisco last weekend, obviously, but not much other frivolous spending for the month of July.
I ran 65 miles / 105 km this month. The number is not too shabby. It’s an average number for me and I always want to run more, but I also like my current workout schedule. I sacrificed some monthly mileage when I decided to go to cycling class on Tuesdays instead.
+ This month felt jam-packed and went by in the blink of an eye. I can’t believe we’re right smack in the middle of summer.
+ We had a little bit of a scare when my Mom was hospitalized two weeks ago with a stress-related heart condition and I am not going to lie, I was pretty worried there for a moment. My Mom is back home now and feels fine, but I really hope we can implement some changes to reduce her stress level going forward. She herself says that she didn’t really feel that stressed, but let’s be honest, she has a lot on her plate and she needs to realize that she doesn’t have to say “yes” to everything (sound familiar to anyone?) and that she really has to take care of herself first before taking care of others.
+ I had two races on my calendar this month. The Davis M00-nlight Run 5k (with J!) and the SF (Half)Marathon last weekend. They were both fun in their own way. Recap of the half marathon to come soon.
+ We hosted J’s friend for a week and it was nice to have some company. Would have also been nice if we still had that extra bedroom (dang it), but at least we made good use of our outdoor space.
+ We tried a new plant-based burger place in town that was recommended to us by some friends. I was positively surprised how good it was. And the herb fries were excellent.
+ I am embarrassed to say that we’ve lived in Sacramento for so long and we’d never been to the river beaches. We finally changed that. I know, there’s really no excuse or explanation, because I complain about the fact that I wished we lived closer to the beach all the time. I mean, the river is not the ocean, but it’s close enough, for sure. Must go back.
+ It’s been 8 months since we moved from our house to the new neighborhood and while I like my new running routes, I also kinda missed my old stomping grounds. J had suggested numerous times for me to drive over to our old neighborhood, park the car at the park and go for my run there, but I felt ‘weird’ about it (hard to explain). This month, I finally got “over it” and decided for two of my long runs to take me back to our old neighborhood and to the zoo to see my giraffe friends, and of course, I had the best time. It’s about a 10-12 mile run round-trip, so I can only use my long runs for a visit, but it’s better than getting in the car and driving over there. (I know I won’t do it – it’s much easier to lace up my shoes and just run out the door.)
How was your July?