Happy Friday, Friends! We are eagerly looking forward to the weekend over here at the Army Amy household. I’m thinking that a trip to Carols and Mickey’s is in order; it’s been too long since I supped on their delicious Tex-Mex creations. While I count down the hours until my next chips and salsa coma, I thought I’d share five things that are making me happy right now. Feel free to chime in with a few of your own.
- Yoga! I never ever thought I’d be a yoga person. (Although, I guess 3 classes doesn’t exactly qualify me as a “yoga person” quite yet.) Alas, the class that I attend is the right amount challenging. Or as we say in the teaching biz, “it’s in my zone of proximal development.” (I’m dusting off my teaching vocabulary as part of my UTEP job.) I struggle through class, but I am able to attempt most of the moves. The best part is that sore feeling I wake up with the next day. I think my muscles like it. And shout-out to my girl Julie for going to class with me. It’s even more fun with a buddy!
- Reading! No surprise there, right? So far this month I’ve read five books. I’m going to try to squeeze in one more, but with all the stuff we have going on next week and the fact that it’s my peak mileage for training, that might not happen. No harm in trying, though. Regardless, I’m really glad that I make the time to sit down and read. I’m discovering that the more I read, the more I want to read. I currently have one book checked out from the library, one book on hold, and four books that I bought all waiting to be read. That doesn’t include the books that I keep adding to my wish list! Guess I better get on that.
- Winter in El Paso.
I’ve said it before, but winter in the desert trumps winter in Bavaria. Not that I didn’t like it there, it was just so cold! Beautiful to look at, yes, but difficult to run in. A cold front in El Paso in January means 40 degrees and sunny. I’ll take it.
- Step back weeks! This week my long run is “only” 13 miles. It’s a nice reprieve between last Saturday’s 18 miler and next week’s 20 miler. Then it’s all down hill. I may or may not have been looking into other full marathons to run in the near future. For some reason, the idea of becoming a Marathon Maniac is starting to appeal to me. Hey, I never claimed to be sane.
- Making changes in my life, bold ones. Earlier this week I was feeling really down. I was questioning my decision to quit the library. I was worried that my career wasn’t going anywhere. I was having a woe-is-me pity party. I talked to some friends about it, I talked to my mom about it, and I let it pass. I’m realizing that I can’t go anywhere by just standing still. Instead, I have to chase the things I want and make my own happiness. The job change was just one part of that. It’s going to be a good year, y’all.
Alrighty, lets hear it – what are y’all loving right now? What’s making you happy? What are you looking forward to this weekend? What are you reading? Lay it on me!