Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
On Monday, I had a to-do list that was a mile long and I knew that it was going to be a busy week. But nothing is more satisfying than crossing stuff off said list, amirite? I’ve recently started using more and more online tools for work in order to optimize task scheduling + note-keeping (for personal stuff, I still prefer organizing in my paper planner + iPhone calendar app). There are a lot of tools and a lot of ways to do this. I am currently trying out the Outlook Task List. It’s a side pane next to my email inbox that I can keep open throughout the day and 1) I can put new tasks there in form of a to-do list and keep track of things that need my attention, but don’t necessarily have a due date (although I can set a reminder for tasks that do!) and 2) I can digitally “cross off” the tasks that I mark as completed. Very satisfying!
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I feel so silly. I was “this week old” when I found out that I can use my AirPods with our SmartTV. I mean I probably “should have known” that our TV (which is only 6 years old) might have Bluetooth capability, but I never checked for it and I never tried to connect my headphones. But you can bet I have complained a gazillion times when Jon didn’t want to watch TV and I ended up watching the news or (the occasional) show on my laptop.
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Next week, I am starting the new Fall 80’s Power Zone Challenge with my team PZP-166 #lookwhosstreaking, and not only am I looking forward to another power zone training cycle (my 5th!) but I am also excited because Tanja will be back from her camping road trip and will finally join me back on the Peloton bike again. Woot.
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I am also officially starting half marathon training. Yup. I am putting it out there. It’s been too long since I had a race to work towards and my (running) training is always better when I follow a training plan. Don’t get me wrong, I have been running. But if I don’t have a specific training goal, I tend to “wobble” a bit (figuratively speaking).
As Elisabeth very eloquently pointed out in one of her last posts, “sometimes you just have to run” for the sake of running, and I 100% agree. And I did this over the summer, but it’s now time to get a little bit more serious about my training again. I haven’t picked a race yet, but I know that I need to get something on the calendar. So, I’ve started a training plan and will adjust when I know the actual race date.
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This weekend, I am planning to finally hit up the Farmers Market again. I haven’t been there in a while but talking with my Mom this week reminded me that it’s plum season again and I need to bake German Plum Streusel Cake at least once this season. Unfortunately, you need to find the right plums. They’re called Italian (or Empress) plums, and I have never been able to find them at a regular grocery store, but luckily the Farmers Market had them last year. Wish me luck!
Have a nice weekend, friends!