Thinking out Loud - So...I've been thinkin'...

11:14 AM

Grab a beverage and settle in for my mini novel...

Lo siento. With a lack of iPhone pictures, this is going to be quite wordy. I warned ya'....

1. Foodie Pen Pal - Somehow, someway, I came across Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean and found her Foodie Pen Pal program. I love food. I love snail mail. I think I've found the perfect marriage to spice up my mail once a month! I read the "rules" and signed up. It's beyond simple, you commit to the program (each month) before the 4th of each month. On the 5th Lindsay will send you an e-mail with your pairing. From there you contact your FPP and get the ball rolling. Your package must be in the mail by the 15th of the month and then no one can re-cap or blog their goodies until the 30th of the month! There was a little snafu with my FPP this month, so I ended up with two. I won't elaborate much here (you must wait for the post), but I am excited to hear their reactions of my goodies sent and I can't wait to see what I receive. My FPP's are from WA and RI, I hope I get some location specific goodies!
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This is all I have for you - the shipping labels for my FPP's!
2. Not so single - For the sake of ease, let's just say I've been single for a long time. If I do the math it was about 9 years in total. I barely dated during that time. Please don't ask why? However, I did become accustomed to my single lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, I was always hoping to find someone, but it just didn't seem to happen. 9 years of being single has made me independent (to say the least) to a fault. In a sense, I became selfish with my time, but it also allowed me to focus on relationships with friends and family, because I had plenty of time to share and accommodate. However, recently I became not so single anymore. The Boy is great and I feel lucky to have found him - but it's taken some adjusting (on my behalf). Not in a bad way, just in a way I guess I wasn't altogether ready for. 9 years of doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted...not that that isn't the case now, is a huge adjustment. Now I want to take into consideration another person, their time, their feelings, and incorporate him into my life. It's just a different mindset, that I am still adjusting too. Happily, I might add.

3. Costco - Although I'm not technically "single", I can be considered so when it comes to grocery shopping. It's just me. So Costco is generally not someplace I go for my groceries. It's just too damn much. I can't eat it all, before it goes bad, even though it's cheaper than buying smaller servings at TJ's or Safeway. But, I do have to go here for work once a month, so it's nice to be able to get some things that aren't necessities, but rather something I'd like to have. Who am I kidding, booze is a necessity! Such has a 5lb bag of chips, my fave cheap read wine, OR a new arrival of my all time favorite cider brand! I love walking around and sampling all the goodies or even just people watching while others flock to the little stands like they haven't eaten in a week! And if I'm feeling feisty, I'll even eat at their food bar (or whatever you call it)! Oh their Chicken Bake is amazing, as is their pizza...and they finally serve Pepsi products! 

Safety first!
4. Boston - The one year anniversary of the tragedy came and passed. I didn't commemorate it as I had hoped too and I'm still feeling slightly bummed about that. But, I didn't commemorate it in my thoughts and prayers. As people are starting their travels to Boston, for the race on Monday, this whole week (or two) has been a time to reflect on what happened. I still feel amazed to be part of such a great community. Although I don't have any aspirations to run the holy grail of marathons, I can appreciate all that do run and qualify for this run. It makes my middle-of-the-pack runners heart happy to see every one proudly traveling to Boston and running the race this year. I am happy to be a "runner" and on 4/21/14 while they are running, I hope to commemorate with a 4.21 mile run myself!

5. Privacy - in regards to social media. I go back and forth on this topic all the time. When I was looking for a job, it was a no brainer - everything was private to the max. Now that I have a job I enjoy, I don't feel the need to have everything private. I don't post things that are inappropriate (cussing sometimes), but other than that I do not post anything that I would not want my boss or employer to see. Then comes the personal aspect of social media. Who do I want seeing my business? When I really sit and think about it - I don't really care who's lurking or just seeing what I'm up too. My stance is, these are my social media accounts and I will post what I want too. If you don't like it, please hit the "unfriend" or "unfollow" button! I also figured, since I have this blog (which I don't really promote, other than the occasional Tweet) I am being fairly transparent about my life as well. I do respect the privacy of those in my life, so I do try to be cognizant of their preferences and not post pictures or post names if I know they don't like that. So, for now, my life is an open book - anyone can see what's going on. I just hope that it doesn't bite me in the butt in the long run.

Privacy, its no joking matter ;)
Source // Pinterest
Source // Pinterest
6. Mindfulness - I'm not sure I fully understand this whole concept, but I do know it is something that I am trying to practice. I want to be mindful of my thoughts, my actions, and my behavior. This is probably deeper than I want to delve into, but sometimes I feel like I can be my own worst enemy - thoughts that I know don't accomplish anything, but I still have them (please do not be alarmed, this is a generality statement). Whether these thoughts are about my body, my relationships, my career, anything really - I need to make sure I am being mindful in a positive way. A way that does not bring negativity into my heart, but reminds me to be present and be here.

Source // Pinterest
Source // Pinterest
7. Slacking - I've been really slacking when it comes to my fitness. Feeling like a real chubby chubby lately, I decided to get back on track. Sometimes we fall off, but it really is about how we get back on track. So yesterday, I got on the spin bike and took a class! It was brutal, but riding next to the Bestest, it was a little easier. I've made fitness commitments for the week to keep me on track - a swoledate tomorrow AM, a long bike ride scheduled for Saturday, and a long run on Sunday! No excuses and being held accountable, is definitely something that will help me get back into the routine!

24 Hour Fitness // Spin Class

Source // Runner Girl FB

If you're still awake after reading all this, thanks and it's almost FRIDAY!!

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  1. Oh girl can I ever relate to the whole idea of needing to adjust to not being single anymore. I'm in a long distance relationship right now so I still have plenty of alone time, but man oh man is it plain WEIRD whenever the boy comes to stay with me.Independent to a fault is right... but it's wroth giving up for the right person :)

    1. Glad we're in it together girl! Yes, I agree, with the right person it's worth it :) You are brave, long distance is HARD. I tried it once and if you can get through that, you can get through anything!!


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