Should we name new kitty Jax or Fivel?

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Yeah, my gun is upside down.

The ladies of GWorld (minus Emily). Don't mess with us.

My headshot.

I went paintballing for the first time yesterday and had so much fun! A co-worker set it up for us and our friends and family, so Marcus and Joe got to come too. I was pretty awful; I got hit all but one round. I have 10 amazing bruises on my arms, legs, back and neck. My legs are also protesting all the squats and running I engaged in. But it was great! I can't wait to do it again...some time after I recover :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

He made it!

Joe is back! Yay! Unforutnately, he and Marcus got a flat tire in middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania last they got to the condo around 6:00 am. They're sleeping it off right now, but at least they made it :)

Friday, July 4, 2008


*Wogging is the term my friend Molly helped me come up with to describe what I've been doing lately: walking/jogging. I made a goal to run a 5k by September, which is kind of a big deal for me! I've always wanted to be a runner, and since I've been out here by myself I have "run" (pun intended) out of excuses not to exercise.

I'm doing the Couch-to-5k Running Program, which took me from doing almost no exercise to gradually increasing the amoung of jogging I do (and decreasing the amount of walking,) each week. It's a 9 week program, and I'm 33.3% through it. It's very do-able, and encouraging to see the progress. Here are the things I did to get ready, and what I'm doing now to make sure I stick with it:

1) I had to start walking normally. Ever since I can remember, I've walked with my toes pointed out a little (I'll just blame this one on my mom; she never told me to walk normally or to not stick a q-tip all the way in my ear. She did teach me not to pop my knuckles, though. Thanks mom!) For a month, I made a conscious effort to walk pointing my toes straight out in front of me. I think having my toes pointed out is what led to many knee problems in the past, so I was hopeful I could avoid most sidelining injuries this way.

2) I had to start walking more. Even though the program is called "Couch-to-5k," I wanted to give myself any advantage I could. Luckily, all I had to do was my daily walk to and from the Metro from home and work. I walk about 20 minutes a day.

3) I found a running program I liked. This program seemed totally realistic to me, and it's something that I can do whenever and wherever I want. It's also something I can do by myself without any equipment.

4) I'm drinking tons of water! Feeling hydrated makes running even easier.

5) I make awesome iPod shuffle playlists. With the program I'm on, you switch between walking and jogging every few minutes (the intervals depend on the week). I put some kickin songs together and end them early depending on how long I'm supposed to be jogging or walking. When the song is over, I know I'm supposed to switch up what I'm doing. It's fun.

6) I switch up my wog route. There are lots of places to run around town, but there is a trail specifically for running/walking/biking down the street with cool stretching/exercising stations along the way. There is also a little path by the Metro station, so if I don't want to go too far I just head that way.

Well, part of the reason I wrote all this was to feel accountable to keep going. This is very uncharacteristic of me because a.) I don't usually set goals, and b.) I don't usually tell people about them because then I might fail and that would make me sad. But I think this is a step in the right direction. I've had to change up a lot of things since the move, which has left me feeling pretty vulnerable. Luckily, I've been able to adapt and I'm trying to pick up a few good habits along the way.

Go wogging!

What I've Done Without the 'Bu

(The 'Bu is the Malibu). With Joe coming out in about a week, (and bringing the car with him), I wanted to tell everyone how I got around without a car.

The first 5 weeks out here I rented a car 3 different times. I would run as many errands as I could to buy all the stuff I needed for the condo. (In a given car-rental-spree, I would try to hit Ikea, Home Depot, Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.)

Once I got the bulk of things I needed, I stopped renting a car and did pretty well for myself. For little trips to the grocery store, I would attach an Ikea bag to a cart and walk about 5 minutes to Giant. It worked really well, and as a bonus I looked environmentally-friendly.

Recently I wanted to go to Trader Joe's, which is a little too far/dangerous to walk to. So I rented a ZipCar! They keep some at the Metro station by us, so it's really convenient. You reserve your car online, then take your ZipCard (looks like a credit card) and wave it over the car's windshield to unlock the doors. The keys are attached to a cord inside, and there's a gas card inside so you can fill up if needed. It's only $10/hour, plus a $25 yearly membership fee. It's a good option for a second car incase we need one.

Other than my walking and ZipCarring, I take the Metro to work and that about does it. I think our driving-everyday-days are over. If we want to do anything in the city, we'll already be there Monday-Friday, so we can just take the Metro. The car will be nice for weekend trips and church, but the 'Bu can have a little rest after its trip across the country. I feel so urban!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Priorities, dear. Priorities.

Overheard at work:

Whiny Incoming freshman: "I don't want to meet my future husband at the bowling alley!" (there is a bowling alley on the same floor as my office).
Mom: "What if he's rich?"