So to that end, here are some things I've been thinking/random pieces of my life lately, in no particular order, and probably of no particular importance to anyone but me. And perhaps my cats!
I got a new fridge in my apartment last week. Honestly new appliances/electronics/etc are not my thing but I had been functioning for months over here with a freezer that didn't actually freeze food. I'm guessing here, but my old fridge was probably manufactured in or around 1989. Pretty sure this says something about my approach to certain situations in life. I tend to make do with less-than-ideal situations for much longer than I should. Anyway, I finally complained that my vegan ice cream was consistently melting and wa-la. Just like that I got a brand new fridge. Why didn't I do this sooner? Life is good over here.
The injury/thing behind my knee has been feeling ok lately, but not really much better. The pain now feels like it goes up the back of my leg and down my calf a little. I haven't run in almost 2 weeks, but I'm not exactly taking it 'easy' on the workout front. I've still been going on long walks, hiking, biking, rowing, lifting, planking and taking Body Combat once a week. I'm thinking that Body Combat may be where I pulled something though so that's probably not my wisest decision.
My work schedule has changed a bit so I spent not one, but TWO mornings last week at the library hanging out with the senior citizens and the more academic of children on their summer breaks. I checked out these books - do you see a theme?!
Two of them are first-hand accounts of hiking famed trails. I am enjoying "A Walk in the Woods" immensely. IMMENSELY. This author is hilarious and now has me putting the Appalachian Trail on my bucket list as well. All I want to do while reading this book is to be out in the woods somewhere. (In fact, that is exactly what I did yesterday afternoon.)
When I came out of the library last week, there was a truck parked outside selling fruits and vegetables from a local farm. So I stopped and bought some corn and peaches. I've been eating them all week. Why does corn on the cob taste so different from canned corn? I don't know, but anyone in my family can tell you I won't touch canned corn with a 10 foot pole. I despise it. But give me corn on the cob and I'll eat it all summer long.
I spent almost 2 hours yesterday morning watching "Dating Naked" on VH1 and then hated myself. Did I just mention voyeurism up there?! Andddddddd it's time for me to get rid of cable.
I was out running errands last week, missed lunch and was starving. I usually have some kind of protein bar in my bag at all times for just such occasions but for some reason I did not. So I ran into GNC to grab something. They only had 2 vegan options so I settled on this one, and it was not the greatest. I didn't even finish all of it :( Super disappointing because it costs $3.99?! WHAT?! I like Vega's protein but this just did not do it for me.
It's been awhile since I've done happy hour, and even longer since I had been down to Fell's Point, once my favorite neighborhood in the city. I still love the area, but every time I go back, I see my old workplace and get really negative vibes. I don't know if there's a bad energy surrounding that place or if just brings back unpleasant memories for me, but nonetheless it's there. Anywayyyyyy, I had a good time with friends on Friday and met some new people so I'd like to think that my influx of GOOD vibes helped to counteract those negative ones.
Sliders and Strawberry Soda (which was pretty much a strawberry flavored mojito. I had 3. Don't judge.)
As I was driving downtown Friday, sun out, windows open and radio up, on the most perfect of summer afternoons, the DJ on the radio took that moment to inform us all that there are only 7 weekends left of summer. WTH dude?! He also made it a point to repeat this statement. Why are people trying to kill off summer already. I've heard tons of people say summer is half over. Can we please just enjoy the greatest season on earth without constantly reminding each other of its eventual and impending end?
All I can think about lately is planning my trip to CA in Sept! I've been researching hostels and Airbnb and daydreaming about dipping my toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time EVER! My plans are to fly into San Diego and spend a few days there (either in a hostel or in a room in someone's home from Airbnb), then rent a car and drive up Hwy 1 to experience the coastal scenery. I plan on stopping for a day or two at beach near LA (Long Beach? Venice? Santa Monica?) before continuing up Hwy 1 to San Francisco where I hope to meet up with a friend I used to work with many years ago. From there, I'll grab my sister and our friend from SFO airport and make another 2 hour drive north to our cabin and wedding site! I CAN"T WAIT! I feel like something life-changing may happen on this trip. And that's all I'm going to say. I don't want to jinx it!
Is anyone even still reading this?! I think I've blabbered on enough for this post. But that's what's been happening lately. Fill me on the little or big things you've been thinking about lately. I love to hear them. Really.
Also, anyone out there have experience using Airbnb?