Currently | March

CELEBRATED | my birthday a couple of weeks ago with marble cake (always!).

TRYING TO | be mindful and thankful for the good things in my life and remind myself of the privilege of having food, shelter, and safety these days.

FEELING | fatigued by everything that is going on in the world. Not just the fact that we’re still dealing with the pandemic and now the war in Ukraine, but also everything else that is – and has been – going on for much longer (the violence and destruction in the Middle East, the human suffering in other parts of the world). Just because it’s not at the forefront of the news cycle doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As I mentioned in my previous post, all I want to do right now is sleep (can you wake me up when September all this ends?).

PLEDGING | miles for good causes and donating money. It feels like the best thing to do right now. 

LOVING | my new running shoes. I was overdue for a new pair and got the Brooks Ricochet 3. It’s similar to the Levitate that I’ve run before and I am super happy with it. And aren’t they pretty?

EXCITED | to be participating in another Peloton Power Zone Challenge with Tanja and our Peloton Streakers Team. The challenges are organized by the Power Zone Pack and they always come up with a theme for each challenge. The theme for the current challenge is “Rock’n’Zones” and the name of our Team is “Streaking Dead or Alive”. Don’t you love it? It’s so fun to train with a purpose and with an awesome community :)

READING | The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon.

EATING | at our favorite Thai place for the first time in two years. I mentioned last week that my birthday in 2020 was the last time we had eaten out before the pandemic hit. My birthday this year was the first time since then that we’ve eaten inside a restaurant again.

MAKING | tuna baguettes for dinner. Yum.

DRINKING | a glass of cold orange juice. I had a craving for it. We usually don’t have much juice or soda at home. I am fine with water 90% of the time, but sometimes it’s nice to drink something with flavor.

ENJOYING | some cloudy, overcast days although they, unfortunately, haven’t produced any significant amount of rain. It’s almost April and this will be yet another drought year for California, I am afraid.

WEARING | my Doc Martens. I am so, so happy I took the plunge and got a new pair. They make me so happy. Once a 90’s girl, always a 90’s girl.

WORKING ON |  our tax return. I want to file before the end of the month and get it out of the way. There’s no need to wait because thankfully, our tax return is pretty straight-forward and shouldn’t give me too much of a headache. I just have to sit down and do it. Have you started working on yours?

What is currently going on with you?

  1. One of the things you note in this post has been a big point of conversation lately at our house: namely, all the other horrific things happening around the world. It is never to take away from the atrocities going on in Ukraine, but there is so much hurt and evil and injustice and so much of it goes unnoticed (I’m mentioning this without a solution as there is only so much we can do as individuals). My kids actually brought up Ethiopia the other day (we have family connections there) where up to 500,000 people have died over the last 16 months. Half a million people dead?! It is so sad and the number is mindblowing and yet…it’s not front-page news. You’re right – it is all so heart-heavy.
    I didn’t plan to go so deep or so sad. This post is wonderful. It’s so nice to see you back.
    And as horrible as it seems to jump from the above topic to another – those shoes do look fantastic and I’m so glad you’re fitting in all these miles for a good cause. Gold stars. And your running gear always puts me to shame – you look SO CHIC! Hugs internet friend. I hope and pray desperately that things improve with regard to world order very soon.

    1. It’s hard to digest and constantly keep in the forefront of your mind all the horrible things that are happening around the world. I can’t donate and run enough miles to make me feel better, but I do want to believe that every little things counts.

      Haha, I am “chic” when I am running? I always feel the opposite… but I guess I take it as a compliment and change my attitude. Thanks friend.

  2. We ate in a restaurant while we were in AZ in Feb for the first time in about 2 years, too. Paul was so excited to go to a restaurant! I’m going out to eat again tomorrow at my favorite place to celebrate my friend’s 40th birthday. I’m so excited to eat some good food and catch up with a friend. I did some patio meals during the pandemic, but those are tougher to swing in MN where our patio season is so short. :(

    I love your new shoes. I need to get some new running shoes, too. I’ve had my current one for about a year now and while I log fewer miles in a year than I used to, I think I’ve earned a new pair!

    1. The Ricochet for some reason get mixed reviews (as do the Levitates) but they both work great for me. What’s your preferred kind of running shoe?

      1. I run in Mizuno Wave Riders! I’ve been in this shoe for over 15 years!!!

  3. I completely agree with you about feeling emotional fatigue…there’s just so much suffering going on in the world and it really hurts when there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. I hate it!!

    On another note I love your new shoes. I haven’t heard of that line from Brooks but I always love their shoes so I might try them out.

    1. Ugh, yeah, things are so heavy right now. I can’t donate and run enough miles to make me feel better, but I do want to believe that every little things counts.

      The Ricochet for some reason get mixed reviews (as do the Levitates) but they both work great for me. Do you have a favorite running shoe model?

      1. I really like the Ghost right now but I’m happy in any Brooks shoe :)

        1. Oh, I’ve started out with Ghosts! Good choice!

  4. I have multiple pairs of Docs, they are unbeatable. I’ve been wearing them since seventh grade and I’m 45 now!

    This world is a lot right now. It always is, depending on who you are and where you are, but with a 24/7 news cycle and first hand accounts on social media, it is particularly a lot at this point in time.

    1. Docs FTW! I think I got my first pair of Docs in 7th or 8th grade as well. I love that you’ve been rocking them since then! :)

      I think this day and age – with social media and all – makes the times especially dire because we get a front row seat to EVERYTHING that is going on in the world. We need to be aware, but there is also only so much we can do from afar.

  5. I’m going to a conference this week and lunch is provided. It will be the first time I take off my mask around other people eating in a long, long time. I’m not sure I’m ready, but I am taking heart that you were okay with eating out! Maybe it will be okay.

    1. You’ll be fine. I understand your hesitation though. I definitely thought about the place we were going and if I felt comfortable in how the seating arrangements were done… but they had spaced out the tables quite a bit and there were not too many people. Try to find a space where you’re still spaced out from others…. and just enjoy being among people again :)

  6. We ate in a restaurant for my birthday this year — our first time eating in a restaurant since 2020, also! It was much less anxiety-producing than I anticipated… but I am not necessarily hurrying to do it again. Maybe eating out will go back to being a once-in-a-long-while special treat, rather than something we did every couple of weeks or so before the pandemic.

    1. Same, Suzanne. I loved eating out for my birthday, but I will definitely not be jumping into a regular dining out routine any time soon.

  7. Happy belated birthday! I’m glad you were able to go out to eat. I know- it’s hard to say “things are looking up!” with everything going on right now. I was listening to a podcast the other day and they were talking about the floods in Australia and i was like “what floods in Australia?” Yes- so many terrible things are going on in addition to the war in Ukraine. In addition to be aware, it’s good to focus on the positive things we have control over… like the things you mention in this post. And feeling grateful for everything we have, because we’re incredibly lucky to be alive and living in America right now.

    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jenny. You’re absolutely right. It’s hard to keep up with everything that is happening… it feels like the news is overwhelming and there is still so much we don’t hear about or not as much (like the floods in Australia). It’s crazy to stay sane right now, but we do have to focus on what we can control and be thankful for what we have. I remind myself daily rn.

  8. That Thai food looks amazing! Glad you had a good birthday celebration. It’s good to celebrate the light when the world feels so dark. xo

  9. The world is very heavy these days, isn’t it? I guess things are always heavy, there are always atrocities in some part of the world at any given time. It’s just what we choose to give our attention to that changes our perspective. I hope you’re able to find some goodness in the midst of this heavy season. <3

    I filed my taxes in early February, haha. Since I always get a refund, I fill out that sucker as soon as possible so I can get my MONEY.

  10. Oh, San. You know I am right there with you. It’s so heavy… it can be crushing, if we let it be. Maybe knowing you are not alone (given the comments on this post) will help a little? I also wonder if it’s more … real is the wrong word, but it’s the only one I can come up with right now. Anyway, I wonder if it’s more real because it is so close to your family and loved ones? I’ve been thinking of you – and them – because they are geographically so much closer than we are. You are doing what you can – and you are living life, which I think is all we can do right now.
    Yay for a restaurant and marble cake. I hope you connected with your sister, and your family, too?
    And… now I am craving Thai food. Drat. I already had a low-level craving but you just bumped it up. :)
    Thinking of you, and sending a hug from the Midwest.

  11. I have a question – how do you find your new running shoes? Do you just order and hope they feel good? Do you go get them fitted? I need some new shoes (mine aren’t being made anymore and I’ve exhausted the inventory on Poshmark and eBay), but I don’t even know where to start. I’d love to hear how you find yours! Also – those are gorgeous!!

    (Happy belated birthday!)

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