It’s a major award!

My mom bought my brother a miniature leg lamp, but that’s not even the strangest thing that happened, yesterday.

Maybe you remember that Ty and I set a goal to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes. Our fastest official 5K time was 30:35, at the Applefest run in October– missed it by THAT MUCH. So, on Saturday (Ty’s birthday!) we were up early to report to the starting line, determined to beat our time. And, thanks to our half-marathon training, and Ty’s brilliant idea to actually purchase a stopwatch, we did it! The official results say that we clocked in at 28:15, but that doesn’t seem right because the big clock at the finish line said 27:something. That’s not the point.

Either way, we DID IT. Then we skipped the awards ceremony, and promptly went home to devour Yoda-shaped pancakes. (It was Ty’s birthday, afterall.)

Well, it turns out that we should have stuck around for the awards, because this came in the mail for me…

It’s a METAL MEDAL (oops)! And, not a participant medal, either. It’s a bona-fide you-actually-beat-another-human-being-in-a-foot-race metal! I came in 2nd in my age group! Granted, there were only 8 of us, but there were 6 people slower than me (not to mention the hundreds of 26-31 year old women who were still in bed…I’m counting them, too)!

I don’t think anything could have shocked me more. I mean, there are a lot of things I think I could win. A Tetris tournament. A falling asleep in inappropriate places contest. I was camp champion at rocketry for a few years. But, the closest I have ever been to winning anything athletic was a ping-pong tournament in high school gym class. (And, I lost in the finals.)

It almost makes me want to train more. Or, more likely, only run the teeniest tiniest 5K’s from now on.


ITSN 5/25

Tonight, Ty and I went on an adventure to the Pymatuning spillway. I’ve never been there, which is why I can include it in my 25 “new things,” but the real reason I’m blogging this adventure is because it was highly amusing to me.

It looks like a nice enough place, right? Blue skys. Water. Here’s a self-timered picture of us

The chain-link fence isn’t too picturesque, but when you see what’s behind it, maybe it will seem more necessary. Are you ready?


Keeping My Windows Clean

Last week, I solicited my friends to give me their favorite inspirational bits. The response was a pleasantly diverse mix of real inspiration, pump-up music, and a few things that just made me chuckle. Oh, and one that came in a message, and made me cry a little. (Maybe I’ll share that one another day.)

My friend, Kate, wins the award for the quote-that-got-me-thinking. Kate is a fellow lover of adventure and piercer of daith– and also founder of this non-profit. She sent me this:

“The most important part of vehicle maintenance is clean windows, so if you are broken down you will enjoy the beauty of the view. Also, ensure that electronic devices to play music are properly serviced. The more music you like the happier you will be.”

For almost a year, now, I’ve allowed this thesis project to be dead bugs and bird poop all over my perspective. It’s darkened my outlook, made me stressed, overwhelmed and generally unpleasant to be around. When I think about my thesis all I can see is red-tape and deadlines.

So, I’m cleaning my windows. Hopefully for the next two weeks, I can replace this overwhelming feeling of dread with a more helpful way of thinking. After all, this project couldn’t have been a more perfect combination of the things I love to do. And most importantly, the kids made beautiful memory blankets and were able to find some comfort by talking others who are going through the same miserable experiences.

And the paper is just a necessary evil.

And it will get done.