Hiii. Did you notice I've been away for a little while longer than usual? Sorry bout that.
Last week was a short week at school (Wednesday-Friday), but can you begin to wrap your head around the idea that those three days felt like about 10? Between grades being due, comments for every kid being due, teaching classes, and ensuring that every other hat that I wear at school was on straight, it was a hot mess.
But. While stressful, some fun things did happen to mitigate the difficulty level.
1. I joined a running group at a local running store. After my half marathon October 1st I took three days off, ran 3.1 miles on Thursday, 6 miles on Sunday (in my new shoes), and then joined the running club on Tuesday to start training for Half Marathon #2 (Women's Half Marathon St. Petersburg)! It has been so much fun so far. We ran 50 minutes intervals on Tuesday, 50 minutes tempo on Thursday, and then a long run this weekend. The girls in the group are right around my age and vary in speed and goal level, which makes it so much fun!
2. I met a girlfriend from Junior League at The Pub after work to partake in a beverage or two. I had read about it on Meghann's blog and couldn't wait to try out the taps.
It's a very high-quality iPhone picture, but you get the idea. You have this card and scan it and you then get to pour as much beer as you want. I tasted quite a few with only a few ounces before choosing one to actually drink.
The chips we had weren't very good, but the ahi tuna sliders I had were fantastic! It was also nice to just enjoy some girl time after a long day and heading into another one...
3. Although Thursday was the longest day of my life this year, with me laving the house at 6:40 and getting home at 8:20, I made it home unscathed. And had a pretty good run at the running club to boot.
After school Friday, some of the teachers went to go see the high school performance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. I remember reading it in high school and wish I could have seen it then. It really helped me understand the point of the play. And wow. What an insane way to look at America's history during the Salem Witch Trials.
Afterwards, we went out to dinner and to celebrate the end of our longest short week ever. Per my suggestions from a few weeks ago, we went to The Pub. (Hm. I must have really been excited about trying this place and suggested it to multiple people).
And while I would have loved to have headed home and put on pj's at 8:15, it was off to a birthday celebration at World of Beer for one of Tim's friend's birthdays. I love WOB, because they have a zillion beers to choose from, so when I want to be adventurous I can, but when I want what I know I can have that too.
And since I was so so sleepy, it was a night of having what I know. I enjoyed one Woodchuck cider and enjoyed the company before calling it a night.
On Saturday I slept until 11:45 AM. I'm not even kidding. And I had gone to bed at 12:30 AM. Tired much?
With the little bit of a day that I had left I cleaned, did some work, and enjoyed me time. I got in a good run on my own, and I cooked dinner for me and Tim to enjoy while watching the Alabama game and the Florida game.
Sunday was a fun day for me for a few reasons.
On Sunday morning I got up and ran 10 miles with the running club on Bayshore. I took one picture on my phone, but you have to see the route to get the idea of the views I was looking at the whole time. Aren't Garmin watches the coolest thing ever?
And somewhere on Davis Island, this was my view.
Not bad, huh?
Because my hip has been bugging me a little, I ran a half marathon two weeks ago, and I ran ten miles, I decided that an ice bath was necessary.
And yes. It was cold. But it felt great! I definitely understood why people do them, and I'll definitely be doing it again.
And after a warm shower and a quick decision, I headed to the apple store to get the new iphone.
And although I was next in line to get the white one when they ran out, I went ahead and got the black one because, like Veruca Salt, "I want it now!"
And that's pretty much the end. I played with it for the rest of the day and asked Siri to sing me a song, to tell me her favorite color, and a few other funny questions. It's pretty sweet to be able to speak my text messages, I have to say.
And that, my friends, was my last week. Thanks for reading.
I had to do a read all on Thursday of last week. Please share with me!
How was your last week?
What did you do this weekend exciting?
Did you get the new iPhone? Did you figure out any fun things to ask Siri?
And for fun, what's your favorite beer/cider? (My favorite cider is Woodchuck Granny Smith and I don't have a favorite beer. I love so many.)
And if you made it this far...thanks!