How in the world is it Friday again? How is it the last Friday of January? Although in all honesty, I am over January. It’s always a bit of a harsh transition into a new year. I should have wrapped up 2023 in a bow (which I haven’t yet) and made plans for 2024 (which I haven’t yet) and here we are, four weeks into the new year.
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Confession: I’ve been dragging myself out the door for my runs this week, lest you think that this working-out thing always comes easy to me. Just because I am consistent doesn’t mean I don’t have days where I don’t want to do it. The funny thing is, and you probably experienced it yourself, it’s all about getting started.
Some of you have asked before how I manage to keep up this rigorous workout routine (streak day 1121) and honestly, it’s all about habits and discipline. I don’t debate with myself, I just do it. As you know from my Weekly Run Downs, it’s also about finding like-minded people and a community who support you.
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I previously mentioned that we had a Great Horned Owl nesting outside my office window last year. Well, it’s back this year! Our IT team set up a webcam again, so we can always go to a live stream URL and observe the owl via the Internet, but when I am in the office, I can also just go to the window and watch it from there, because it’s on eye-level with my 4th-floor office suite! Neat, isn’t it? No babies yet, but this will be fun to watch.
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My parents are getting a new kitchen (after almost 40 years in their house) and I am living vicariously through them. I mentioned back in October (gasp, I can’t believe it’s been 3+ months) that they had a pipe leak in one of the rooms in the basement which turned out to be a pipe leak in the kitchen, which is right above said room in the basement. Part of the kitchen had to be disassembled and fixing it would be a patchwork job. So after consulting with the insurance, redoing the kitchen (just the cabinetry, that is, the appliances are fairly new) was the smarter solution. My mom sent me the layout design and it’s going to be beautiful.
I’d like to reiterate that I am still saying almost weekly how much I appreciate our new kitchen floors (it really is an upgrade!), but in the same breath, I’ll probably also rant about the lack of counter space, the old and fickle stove/oven, the squeaky and tight drawers, and the many other frustrating shortcomings of the kitchen in our rental. I’ve been thinking lately about how I could make some improvements, but I am not sure if there’s much I can do other than changing the cabinet knobs and possibly doing some touch-up repainting. But I am open to ideas if you have them. In all honesty, the whole kitchen needs an overhaul, but I know that’s not going to happen.
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This weekend, I am looking forward to participating in Capstone PeloFondo. CAPSTONE is the 5-year anniversary celebration of the PeloFondo event. If you recall, PeloFondo is a Gran Fondo-style endurance challenge for Peloton riders and the main goal is to ride a designated amount of miles over the event weekend. You can join individually or as a team and pledge an amount of miles that you vow to accomplish within 48 hours. I have done PeloFondos in the past and I pledged miles again for my Streakers 365 Team.
How was your week? Any plans for the weekend?