April 26, 2013
April 25, 2013
My breakfast was slamming. I have this thing for adding nut butter to my green smoothies. Try it, seriously.
Speaking of leafy greens, I have been consumed with apartment hunting.
Any outlet for renting an apartment - believe me I’ve tried it.
It’s just so bloody expensive to live here. And finding a vegetarian/vegan roommate in a world full of weird creepy dirty people is like pulling teeth. I had a man email me asking to be my daddy. Not kidding. But I’ve been reminded of this post, where I declared as long as I have a tiny apartment, a job I love, and food.
It’s definitely a lot “cleaner” and spacious than Norfolk, even though they practically overlap as cities.
There are SO MANY runners here. Basically any time of day, there are handfuls of them on the street. “Sharing the sidewalk” is my middle name.
Special shout out to my family who is taking care of my baby, Gravy.
He looks happy and not completely depressed without me, right?
April 17, 2013
On April 15, 2013 the spirit of running was crushed.
I had followed the elite race all morning from my office desk, and was just as joyful this year as I ever was to see a Kenyan man and Ethiopian woman win their races.
Hours later, I overheard my coworker talking about an explosion in Boston. I checked my Twitter feed and saw all 10 trending topics were about the Boston Marathon. It was then I learned about the HORRIBLE, TRAGIC, SENSELESS bombings near the finish line of the marathon.
After crying at the news all afternoon, I couldn’t sit anymore. Runners don’t stay still in the face of tragedy for long. We move, we help, and we run.
I am so thankful for the community of runners and though we are bent, we are not broken. We are more determined than EVER to qualify and run the Boston Marathon.
Speaking of my office, I have now been working for PETA for 1 week today!!!
It has honestly been one of the best weeks in a long time. Yesterday, the PETA crew threw me a welcome aboard potluck luncheon! So yummy!
And I participated in my first official PETA protest! It was an eye opening experience that probably requires its own blog post. Maybe another day…
I actually kind of have a social life now – albeit with coworkers and drag queens. But it works.
It’s been a struggle to find an apartment, because it is so expensive here. But I’ve enjoyed shopping around! The real estate here is so antique and gorgeous.
Finding places to run that are not interrupted by traffic lights is tough in the city. So I drove about 20 minutes to the beach – TOTAL FAIL. Running on the beach is too hard, and not for me!
I’ve met another serious runner here in the office who has told me about some cool trails in Virginia Beach which I will check out soon! Another way I keep the stress low is to take lunch break walks to the water.
On a personal note, I was asked on a date! Ha ha, I don’t waste any time do I? I ended up cancelling because I really wanna focus on some goals of mine rather than get involved. I just have issues saying NO sometimes. Anywho, he responded to my cancel text with “Okay, love you.” I thought to myself, okay there is sufficient evidence right there to never go out with him. Like, ever.
March 29, 2013
The last week or two…
has been an absolute whirlwind. Some adult instinct has really kicked in to high gear, as I’ve been setting up appointments with realtors in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. Apartments are really pricey there, but I think I’ve found some that are great picks for me.
I’ve also decided to not take very many belongings with me. Honestly, I want a fresh start, but also I can’t afford to ship all of my things! I will simply be taking clothes, food, a TV, kitchen essentials, a blanket, and a pillow. This means getting rid of A LOT of belongings. I’m having to sort through them, sell some and donate others.
The gym has been my salvation
throughout the last few months. I wake up at 5AM every weekday to go run on the treadmill or do a circuit training. My gym happens to have many locations in the Virginia Beach area. But I’m hoping to score a cheaper membership there – or ditch the membership altogether. With great weather in Virginia, why would I need to spend $50 a month on a gym membership?
A few things left on my To-Do list:
-Call gyms/auto insurance agencies in the area and get prices/quotes
-Stock up on non-perishables (quinoa, steel cut oats, vegan chocolate) and body products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste) as they are MUCH cheaper in Texas than in Virginia.
-Finish out my last three days at my current job (YAY!)
This weekend, I’m thrilled to spend it with my family. On Wednesday, I will finish out my two weeks notice at my job and then embark on the 24 hour drive to Virginia. I have started to see how the awfulness of 2012 was actually working in my favor. I still don’t think I fully understand it yet.
But when I get where I’m going, and I get settled and really have time to sit and think on this amazing transition in my life, I will probably cry. And I will laugh and be glad for 2012.
March 20, 2013
Five months after I applied and several interviews later, I sat in a conference room this afternoon on the phone with the Vice President of PETA – the largest animal rights organization in the world.
For the last few years it has been my dream to work for this company. I never knew it was even possible for the ordinary people to get an interview. Since I graduated, I faced this internal struggle. I blogged a little bit about it but mostly I cried and kept running and concealed my struggles with a smile. Every road to a hopeful job opportunity ended with a stop sign. I fell into this anti-social, slightly depressive state.
Somewhere along the way, I lost my relationship with God. I feared his presence thinking he would judge me for the distance I placed between us. Broken and hurt from rejection, I found God or maybe he found me.
A few days later, PETA called me. At that moment I felt in my spirit this was going to work out and this was where I was meant to be all along. My flight was booked, and before I knew it I was hanging out in a PETA house in the most beautiful part of Norfolk, Virginia.
To make a long story longer, I was offered the job in the Department of Laboratory Investigations today.
And I accepted!!!!
So in a few short days I will be packing up my belongings and driving from Texas to Virginia, my new home! I’m nervous, but more happy than anything. Everyone at PETA has been so kind, friendly, and welcoming. Other than my office job in College Station, I’ve never felt more at home.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me emails, comments, tweets, etc. I am glad to be back!
November 14, 2012
This morning I ran 5 miles. After spending a few hours in Whole Foods, I was super motivated for more exercise. So I went to the park after watching x Factor. And that same creeper old man was there. Ok, maybe I’m being slightly judgmental. BUT he walks with a really strange demeanor and never makes eye contact. He drives a really old creepy 2 door red car. And why is this old man always walking so late! Anyways, as soon as I saw him, I left. I didn’t wanna just go home so I stopped at this empty parking lot and am basically doing a circuit workout (squat jumps, sprints, lunges, walking, jump rope).
November 11, 2012
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Ugh. Today, my left ovary has been killing me. Some women have sensitive enough ovaries that they can feel the egg being released during ovulation. I happen to be one of them. My abdomen gets swollen, hot to the touch, and so painful! Wahhhh. The only thing that makes it better is
I know I’ve been MIA for weeks! Some life changes are going on and I can’t wait to share once I have it all together. Will I ever have it all together?
Love y’all!!!!!!! Oh! And congrats o my Alma Mater TEXAS A&M for beating the #1 team in the nation, Alabama in yesterday’s football game. I just about died during that game.
October 21, 2012
I woke up this morning at 3:55 AM – the hour of death. Immediately I began chugging water and have almost downed a gallon. Hot and humid are the weather conditions today!
It’s been a long year of not racing, putting up with my mental war of non-passion, and figuring out what the hell I’m doing with my life. This race means so much to me, no matter what the result may be. It’s about finally overcoming this internal struggle I have experienced.
I love my race outfit. NIKE running skirt and race shirt provided by Harbor Half Marathon.
It’s going to be bloody hot today in Texas. One of my best friends is going to run the last few miles with me to pull me through.
Are you racing today?
October 12, 2012