Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Hi friends, I thought I’d pop by on a Saturday for a few notes from this week. I spent this whole week doing fieldwork (a GPS survey) in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I am truly lucky that I get to work in some beautiful places. Fieldwork always means early wakeups, long days, and late nights, but if you’re working with a good group of people (which I do!), most of the time, it is also a lot of fun. Our team approaches fieldwork with the motto “work hard, play hard”, so at the end of an intense, but successful work week, we always find a little time to play (which came in the form of an awesome hike through a fissure slot canyon near Mono Lake yesterday) before we all headed home.
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When I passed from the east side back over to the west side of the Sierra Nevada, I drove through an area of thick smoke from the Mosquito Fire that is burning here in Northern California. It’s become the largest wildfire this year in California and is only 20% contained at this point. Air quality in the Tahoe region and into Nevada has been horrific. We got very lucky in Sacramento so far and weren’t impacted much (because the winds were in our favor and didn’t blow the smoke down into the valley), but that could change anytime. I don’t understand how people can still think that this is not related to climate change. Yes, California has always had wildfires, but intensity and size have evidently increased in the last few years.
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I had to completely skip my workout schedule for the last 5 days because there literally was no time to fit in 30-60+ minutes workouts when I was in Mammoth (besides the fact that I had no access to a bike). Instead, I did 10 min Standing Yoga sessions in the morning to get a little bit of movement in to start the day, and I kept reminding myself that it’s okay to tweak your schedule when life gets in the way.
I got back on track with an 8-mile run this morning and I am not going to lie, the first 1-2 miles were tough (whether it was because I was just tired from this week, or because I hadn’t run/cycled since last weekend, I am not sure, but man, my heart wanted to jump out of my chest). Luckily, I kinda fell into a groove after that and was able to complete the run just fine.
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I watched a couple of minutes of TLC reality shows (90-day fiancé, Sister Wives, and My 600 lbs life) at the hotel to wind down when I was getting ready for bed this week, and while I wouldn’t call myself a reality TV show junkie by any means, I find it surprisingly relaxing to indulge in some (probably heavily scripted) drama every once in a while. Which reality TV shows do you (occasionally) watch? Do tell!
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Jon’s turning 40 in a month and I have no freakin’ clue what to do to surprise him for his birthday (he’s not easy to shop for, not to mention the fact that there is a chance that I might be gone on yet another fieldwork trip during his birthday week). “Gifts” are not his love language, so I know he doesn’t expect – or even want – any extravagant gifts for his birthday, but I do want to make his birthday memorable and special for him. I know you can’t be of much help, since most of you don’t know Jon personally, but maybe I can get inspired by some birthday surprises that you have come up with for a big birthday of your significant other or a friend? Help a girl out! Please and thank you :)