Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy today

Today is a good day.  Today I got my first paycheck for my new job.  It's not huge, my field doesn't pay much, but it's a paycheck.

Another reason today is a good day is because I ran yesterday.  Now normally that's not a big deal.  I've been running for all of December, very short distances, and only about 2-3 times a week, but yesterday I ran outside in the dark.  Why is that significant?  Because I have never run in the dark before.  I've always been scared to.  I bought my treadmill 2 years ago this January so I wouldn't have to run in the dark.

I was planning on running on Wednesday after I got home on the treadmill, but then we decided it was time to take Maddox to see Santa, so we did that.

Then Chris and Damian decided they wanted to go out to eat, so we did that.  And we didn't get home till after 8pm and I have been in bed around 8:30pm since I started working.  I had no energy to go run, plus I don't like to run right after eating anyway.  So yesterday I was thinking on my way home that I really, REALLY didn't want to run on the treadmill.  I was thinking about skipping my run again, but I hadn't run since Sunday and since I'm running so few days and so few miles, I couldn't justify not running.  So I started thinking about just running outside.  I have a light green running jacket, and my pants have a reflective strip on them, I thought maybe it wouldn't be too horrible.  I could stick to busier roads, where there's street lights, and take my pepper spray . ..  so I got home and was getting ready.  I told Chris I was going for a run outside, and he asked if I wanted to use his headlamp that he has for his job, and I said yes.  So I had that, plus a light pink hat.  I didn't feel unsafe at any time.  I liked the headlamp a lot, I may have to get me one. I was aiming for around 3 miles and I ran closer to 3.5, but today my feet feel fine, so I'm super happy about that. My poor treadmill might not get much use now. . . and I'm happy about that. ; )

Needless to say, I woke up in a great mood today.  =)

On Sunday I ran outside in my new neighborhood for the first time.  It was only 3 miles but I felt good about it.  I am happy with the way things are going with my feet.  They are not 100%, but they are not getting worse, and I can run, even if it's a little bit.  I am scared to increase my mileage and amount of runs, so I'm not doing that yet.  Probably not till next year (which is only 2 weeks away, by the way).

Tomorrow I am getting my hair done for the first time in 4 months (I'm super happy about that).  And then we are going down to Lynnwood where there's a really nice Christmas store that we go every year to get ornaments.  That has been Damian and my thing since he was small, we get an ornament every year.  I wish I had labeled them with the years, because now I don't remember, but we enjoy it.  I also started doing it with Maddox (and I am labeling the years on his), and Chris and I always get an icicle.  We are up to 17 (we didn't start it when we got married, so we got a bunch the first year we started it, and we also included the years we weren't together, which is strange, but okay).  Chris keeps talking about getting an artificial tree just for our icicles.

And then Sunday is going to be a whirlwind of shopping because we haven't done much since I haven't had a paycheck until today.  Chris's money was going towards living.

Oh, and there were donuts at work today.  I ate one, and that makes me happy.

I am happy with the way things are right now.  We are blessed, and I am thankful.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Getting back into the swing of thngs

What has been going on here?  The last post was 2 weeks ago . . . So I haven't even talked about Thanksgiving. 

Our Thanksgiving was pretty chill.  Every other year we are at home for Thanksgiving, and that was this year.  We invited a few friends over for dinner, but one of them had to work, so it was a late dinner.  (Well, late for Thanksgiving, but actually an earlier than normal dinner.)  The Seahawks played Thanksgiving day, so we recorded it and put it on after dinner.  Most of our friends are not football fans (I know, how can we be friends with non-football fans??) so they didn't stay for the game.  They stayed for a little bit, but they also all had to work in the morning, so they left fairly early.

I was trying to get a good picture of us all, and I think this one
was the best.  ;-)
Then last Monday I started my job.  I have to tell you, it has been an interesting week and a few days of "training."  I am often left alone for entire days and told to read manuals on orientation stuff and policy stuff.  It has been . . . boring.  I'm hoping that things will pick up soon.  In fact, I didn't even have a permanent computer or phone, or even desk until yesterday.  I find that strange that they told me to start on a certain day and then didn't have everything ready for me when I got here.  Oh well, I am finally in my permanent location now, with a phone and a computer . ..  now if I could only get a key . . . 

The drive to work is about 50 min but the drive home takes an hour or more.  =/  The first day I started, Dec. 1st, there was snow on the ground in Everett, where I am working.  My car was not built for snow, at all.  Luckily, it was a day or 2 old and the streets were cleared, the only issue I had was getting into the driveway at work because it's a pretty steep, but short, uphill to get to the parking lot and it wasn't plowed or salted, or even sanded (which is more common here because we don't have that much snow).  But I survived and didn't have to push myself anywhere.  =)

The best news of the last two weeks?  I am running.  =)  I am only running 2 miles every 3 days, but I am running.  I have only had one outdoor run, and that was the weekend right after Thanksgiving.  (It actually wasn't a very smart move for me because I took Damian and Maddox to a park in Mt. Vernon to play while I ran the boardwalk along the river that used to be part of my long runs.  It was 20 degrees outside, Maddox was so cold when I got done - only 20 min later- that he was crying.  Bad Mom moment.)  I actually decided a few runs ago that I was going to do 20 min on the treadmill no matter what, so that is currently equaling out to 2.17 miles.  I am thinking about increasing the days a week I am running to every other, and keeping the 20 min time limit.  I'm trying to be very cautious and slow with easing myself back because I don't want to continue to hurt.

So far it is going really, really well.  My feet rarely hurt and when they do, I roll them with a lacrosse ball and they go back to being okay.  They are not very tight (the best describing word I can find for how they are) in the morning now, and I continue to wear shoes everywhere, which is better now that it's colder.  I am working on strengthening my hips, although I don't do it as often as I should, and I continue with the exercises the physical therapist gave me for my arches a year ago.  I think about that in the shower because it's the one place I am barefoot, so I do those exercises when I wash my hair and shave.  =)

I am thinking about doing the Nookachamps 5k that I did last January.  I wanted to do a 10K this year, but my feet didn't allow me to do the one I was going to (the Fowl Fun Run that I did 2 years ago) so then I was thinking about doing the Nookachamps 10k, but I'm thinking it might be smarter to stick with the 5k for now and look into a 10k later in the year.  I definitely want to run another half marathon and a full marathon, but both of those will come later in the year.  Maybe I'll try to train for the Tri-Cities Marathon that I was going to do this year, and do the Skagit Flats half again next year.  I want to do all this slowly so that I don't hurt myself again.  This is the second year in a row that I have not run in the fall (and only this year because I didn't let myself heal completely last year).

Oh . . . I told you that not working was bad for my weight.  Since I started working I'm back down to 147 (as of this morning).  I haven't been that low since I lost my job.  =)  Yay me!