Monday, July 28, 2014

Little Happies ~13~



It's Monday, which I always dread a little bit, but I love that something like this can shift the focus a little bit from the idea of an upcoming week of work. So, joining with Stephanie again this week.

1) With all my working out this week, I expected to start dropping off a bit in performance, but I kind ratcheted up instead! I got my personal best time on one workout, and that felt awesome! It's true that I love the physical changes in my body in the last few years (and, yes, I did dress up for a quick trip to the grocery store simply because I had a new size of pants to wear today), but what I really love is how much stronger I feel physically and mentally. I know I talk about this a lot, and I'm sorry if I bore y'all, but I really can't believe the difference between now and five years ago. (I do actually have a link to some photographic evidence of this, but you'll have to email me if you want to see that. I'm not going to link it here.)

2) I saw a meme on the Book of the Face this week that I loved. It said:

Athletes don't diet and exercise;
they eat and train.

All kinds of goodness there, and so true! When you are eating for proper fuel, you look at a lot more than just calories in and calories out. And training is much more goal oriented than just exercising for the sake of exercise. Once I had specific things to train for and specific activities that I was fueling, my daily activity routines changed dramatically.

3) This sign made me happy:


4) Another happy thing about that sign is that the new lens made it so that I could get a much crisper photo because I could actually zoom in. I love it!

5) This hike made me happy:

Because how could it not?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

C'est La Vie

Perhaps you can tell, but life has just been what it is around here lately. There hasn't been a lot that I've been dealing with personally, so consequently, the blog has been a little quiet. The last month has been tough in some ways, but in what is going on with people around me, not in my own life. Can I just say, take the time to let the people in your life know what they mean to you. It is important, even if you feel a little cheesy sometimes doing it.

Beyond that, what's been going on? Well, as I said, even though none of it has been happening to me, there's been enough going on where I want to help fix things for people and I can't, so in processing some of that, I have been working out more than usual. It has been good, but it's also been good to rest today. Last week, I threw in an extra day of spin and an extra day of climbing. Why it's taken me to my 30's to figure out that working out is better for processing than comfort food or retail therapy. Actually, I usually don't do retail therapy, because I have to be in just the right mood to shop and have enough in the bank, or it stresses me out. I used to do the comfort food, but then I end up feeling like crap, so that's not such a great option. Sweating, though? Sweating is good. It doesn't fix the problems, but it does make me more prepared to deal with them, or to deal with the rest of life when there's no fixing the problems.

Moving on in this lovely, not at all thought out, stream of consciousness post, I am very excited about getting a new camera lens, but I have mixed feelings. I thought my old lens was scratched, and that's why I had problems on some photos. New lens, same old problem. I also have a camera error that happens that they thought was a problem with the lens and the body of the camera "talking" to each other, but that wasn't fixed with a new lens either. Finally, now with a wide angle lens, it's picking up some extra issues in the corner. Blerg. Most of it can be edited pretty easily, but I don't want to have to edit for stuff like that. On the other hand, I'm loving the added zoom that I now have!

Let's see, working, working out, eating, sleeping. Yeah, that's about it right now. I'm really looking forward to my trip in the fall, and we're working out some of the details for that. I do have the new lens partly because I'm going to be needing to take so many photos! Looking forward to it!

We obviously need a little photo from the weekend.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Little Happies ~12~



It's Monday! That's not always a bad thing. This day is kind of weird, though. It seemed kind of long and kind of short all at the same time.  Anyway, since it's Monday, it's time to join up with Stephanie for Little Happies!

1) I guess this doesn't really qualify as a "little" happy, because it's a really big deal, but I'm happy to have so many amazing friends all over the place who are so quick with prayers and support.  Thank you all so much!

2) Another happy is that I love that there is this online community.  I posted something today on FB about the weather, and I got comments on the weather from locals, and from people from East to West coast.  How sweet is it that about anywhere I want to travel, there's a good chance I could find someone to meet up with? So fun!

3) Wild. Flowers. Columbines and Indian Paintbrush are some of my favorites, and I'm so excited that they're out now! Yay!



4) You know one has to be about food. I made a big batch of gazpacho this weekend, and I have been LOVING it. I've been eating it with avocados and either bacon or shrimp with Cajun seasoning. SO good!

5) I got the best compliment recently.  I have changed in a lot of ways in the last 5 years, and especially since moving out here. This person has known me for a couple of those years, and here was the observation the other day, "You used to be this round-faced, corn-fed Midwesterner, but now you're kind of a beast!"  I loved it. Before the last few years of my life, I used to be quite sedentary, and I certainly never saw myself as active or athletic. I will gladly take that and own it now, because yes, I am! :)

6) Have I mentioned that I love hiking?


7) I'm excited to meet up with a friend tomorrow for another early morning workout. I'm dreading it, but it'll be fun.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rich Soil

This post is just going to be a bit of a dump to unload a few things that have been going on.

First, my aunt still needs prayers. I keep finding out more about her situation, both health wise and some personal things that I can't go into, but yeah.  Then I found out that a 23 year old that I knew (not well, but still) was killed in a car accident last weekend. Plus a couple of other serious things along those lines, none of which were happening to me, but they left me wishing that I could help the people that they were happening to. Then there were some MUCH less serious things that were going on for me, and though they were minor, I didn't have the bandwidth to deal with them this week. It got so bad there for a couple of days that I wasn't that hungry (I know! Me!) and my sister was being nice to me. (My sister is a very nice person, but our typical mode of communication is smart-a**, so when we drop that, you know it's bad.)

I went hiking yesterday, so I have regained some perspective in life and am doing much better myself, (also, I ate breakfast, second breakfast, lunch and a few snacks so far today, so normal is returning) but obviously, the people truly affected by these situations need any prayers you can spare!

I can't remember if I've mentioned it before, but my online worlds are colliding more and more. In other words, there are a lot more of you that I am now Fa.cebook friends with, and I love that (and if you want to be fb friends, let me know!), but as reminder, as far as fb is concerned, this blog does not exist! Not that anyone has said anything on the book of the face, but while I love getting to know everyone better, I do not want some of the fb people coming here. The people that need to know about this blog already know. :)

Finally, the priest had some really good insights today about the gospel with the seeds falling on the different type of soil.  For some reason, my brain interpreted myself as the plant in these stories, but that's not true at all. We're the soil. Shallow, rich, or full of other things.  If we want the grace of God (the seed) to bear fruit in our lives, we have to prepare the soil. Clean out the other things that could choke it off. Make sure that it is tilled and aerated and fertilized and ready to receive God's grace.  I'm sure you all were already aware of all of that, but it was a slight shift of focus for me and it worked.

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend and the quickly passing summer!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Little Happies ~11~



I'm actually not having the best of days today.  I have a bit of a headache that won't stop, a friend and an aunt got some unfavorable test results (my aunt, in particular, who may have more than one kind of cancer and they're just now finding it; no idea yet how treatable it may be), and the job is kicking my rear end.  I mean, it's good, because I'm busy and I'm happy that I'm busy. However, it also kicking my rear end.  Still, the fact that it isn't a perfect day means that it is the perfect time for Little Happies! That's kind of the point, isn't it? Not to ignore things that are tough and not going perfectly, but not to let the tough things drown out the fact that there are many good things. Joining with Stephanie and the others to celebrate the little things that make life good.

1) Despite the mosquitos and the rain, I had a great time camping with friends this weekend. I will admit that camping as an activity is still very low on my list of fun things to do, but being with friends is a good thing, and it that part was a lot of fun. And I am getting better at camping. I just prefer that it is something that you do so that you can be at the trailhead first thing in the morning. Not hanging out in camp all day with the mosquitos.

2) We got to climb this weekend. I'm not sure if I was more excited about climbing or taking pictures of climbers (trying to get better photos that just butt shots), but both were a lot of fun.

3) A friend and I got lost on our way to the rock.  This is the same friend that is traveling to Europe with me where we will meet our other friend. We were a little frustrated, but we were also driving in the mountains, so we were quickly and easily distracted by great views, stopped for some photos, and still had a good time. This is the kind of people to travel with, Europe is going to be a blast!

4) Here's what it looks like to get lost out here:



5) I'm going to market Little Happies as a new cure. Because my last happy is that my headache has actually decreased by remembering what I'm happy about! (It's a tension headache, so it does make sense that decreasing some tension will decrease the headache.) Thankful for all of you that join in, either by writing your own or reading along and thanks also for your prayers for my aunt, because I know you and I know that you'll be praying. -->