This Entry Is Why The “Randomly” Category Exists.

It’s funny…I wrote this long entry yesterday about how I try to rationalize myself out of my anxiety by asking myself “What really matters?” and no one commented which OF COURSE caused me loads of anxiety and I found myself saying “What really matters?” as I contemplated the lack of discussion it generated.

And then I saw it was never published. Still in draft. Welp. So. What matters? Knowing how to use your blogging tools…that’s what matters. META.

SO! Since I’m not feeling that entry today I’m going to just leave it in draft and set it to publish one day when I don’t have a few random things to discuss.

I bought the new Cormoran Strike novel and I’m just a few chapters in and I had forgotten how much I just love these characters. That’s kinda what I hate and love simultaneously about series books. You love the characters but you FORGET you love them in the year(s) waiting on the next book(s). I wish all series were just released all at once which – I KNOW – misses the whole point. BUT STILL. WISHES!

I’ll be honest, it feels nice to just read something for ME for once. I don’t have as much time to read now that I’m training so much, so when I do it’s usually a book club book. But this one? ALL ME. Thankfully I’ve already read this month’s book club book for my usual book club (the one I accidentally ran into one day at the book store when they were all gathering to buy Mockingjay which was EXACTLY what I was doing) – The Martian – so I can read Career of Evil without feeling too guilty about it. If you haven’t read the Cormoran Strike books but you like the old school Private Eye type of crime stories, then you would LOVE THEM. They’ve got J.K. Rowling’s character depth but that’s really about the only time I think about her as the author. Otherwise it doesn’t read anything like Harry Potter – I PROMISE.

(Not that it would be a bad thing, of course.)

IMG_0542I went on a business trip to Sewanee,TN (The University Of The South) this week and that campus was GORGEOUS. One of my favorite things about being a runner is having some sort of pre-determined excuse to explore areas. Some of my favorite runs are on trips out of town. I loved Auburn University and Breckenridge and Rochester…all places I’ve explored as a runner. Sewanee was gorgeous although I didn’t get to go inside any of the buildings as I was out so early but MAN, I hear this church is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

I’m not brave enough to just set out and GO but I usually can get a feel of safe running areas and just wander around those – in the daylight, of course. And let me tell you – there may not be anyplace safer (on paper) in the world than a 60K annual tuition campus of a religious school.

(I have no idea if that’s really how much it costs, but that’s what the line thrown out on the retreat was.)

I’m still quite frazzled from the wedding-followed-by-business-trip frenzy and have had two days of not-so-great eating and I’m trying to just relax about it like so many of you always recommend. “You’re too hard on yourself!” you guys tell me all the time. I don’t argue with you because on the blog I am, but in real life I go back and forth. Some days I’m really hard on myself, other days? Not so much. But today I’m going to allow myself a reset and just not stress about the last two days because I’ve done REALLY well these last 2 months and about 8lbs away from my racing weight which is not bad since my 100K is in January. I had hoped to be back down to racing weight (a weight I skipped last year entirely and paid the price in speed) before my back-to-back weekend in late November, but I’ll be close enough if I don’t let the last two days throw me entirely off course.

One day at a time, right?

I’m about to finish up my latest bullet journal! I’ll still have about 20 blank pages left but I wanted to start the next one at the first of the month and there’s no way I can hang on to this one through December. Also – with the Wedding and the Ironman and my Birthday – there was a lot more taped into this volume than usual and it’s getting FAT. Too fat to zip into my cover so it is time! I still got 200+ pages of use out of it which is twice as much as in the Moleskines, so I’m a convert to the Leuchtturm 1917 – it’s official!

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Well, now. That was a random assortment of topics for a blog entry now wasn’t it? Aren’t you so glad I opted to word vomit this entry out instead of just publishing the well-written one from yesterday?

4 Comments

  • Kathy

    I love the Cormoran Strike books too! I hope I remember what happened in the last book enough not to be too lost!

  • Roberta

    Ooh, I’m also reading the new Cormoran Strike! I feel the same way about the characters. And no matter how you feel about yourself on any given day, please know you constantly inspire me and give me things to think about, with running, life, the universe, etc. I am seriously in AWE of what you’ve done with your running. One day at a time, just like one mile at a time.

  • LifeSheWrote

    I love love love the Cormoran Strike novels! Yay, so glad you’re reading them too! Can’t wait to read this one – may just have to go download the Kindle version now!