Mine has been a little emotionally crazy due to Clay’s upcoming graduation and job search. This graduation and job search are even more stressful than the one five years ago. There’s definitely a lot more on the line this time around.
Not one for spontaneity, I have trouble dealing with the unknown, which is huge when the unknown includes living and working situations in the next six months. Hey, I don’t do well with not knowing what I’m having for lunch by 10:00 in the morning…
Nevertheless, Clay finished his exams and programs and is just waiting on graduation right now (there’s a hint for upcoming blog posts).
I’ve run once on my own and twice with friends this week. Running with a group is always a highlight, and five of us got together yesterday to run and walk the Race for Taylor course (you can read my recap of last year’s race here). This is a great afternoon running route because it’s 3.1 miles and begins and ends conveniently close to a bathroom (inside Walmart, but hey). The neighborhood doesn’t have a ton of traffic, it’s shaded and relatively flat, and running the course prior to race day is a good idea.
Running (or walking!) the Race for Taylor course *ON* race day is even better, Florence peeps😉. Hint hint…
My rockstar running friends (Susan, Tiffany, Colea, and Al) and I hit the roads, and Al saved the day with a case of Gatorade in the trunk of his car! Some people keep junk in their trunk, but not Al. He surprised everyone and passed out Gatorade after the run- my kind of running buddy!
Today I’m linking up with Five Crooked Halos for Five Question Friday.
1. What did you wear to prom? Include a picture if possible.
I never went to prom or planned to go. I was actually sick the night of my junior prom, and for my senior prom, I ended up spending the night with my friend Danielle, who was a few grades behind me. I think we just watched movies and chilled, and maybe we went out to eat. Don’t think any pictures were taken that night.
I went to a Hollywood-themed dance my freshman year of college and took a picture that’s similar to a prom picture. My parents still have the picture up on a shelf at their house, and for all parental prom picture purposes, that was my “prom”. I wore a short velour looking dress, nothing too special, and the guy I went with wore a blue dress shirt and tie.
I have no regrets about missing the prom. High school wasn’t the easiest time of life for me, and those years definitely weren’t the “best years of my life”. I always knew I was a weird kid, and lately I’ve realized that apparently I wasn’t alone- other weird kids are out there, but they all have their little place in this world, and that’s fine.
2. Would you rather be on the biggest loser or a food eating challenge?
Neither- both encourage disordered relationships with food. For years, I watched and followed The Biggest Loser but now I can’t stand it. Rapid weight loss, dehydration, and overexercise is not good for anyone, and bingeing and overeating is not a “challenge” or “contest”. These are serious issues that numerous people struggle with each day, and I think the way our culture looks at them- as well as how our culture looks at food, exercise, and diet in general- are the reason why America has an epidemic of both obesity and eating disorders.
The two are more closely related than you might think.
With that said, the 24 hour gym access on the Biggest Loser would be nice. I could work out on Sunday evenings…
3. What’s your favorite Sonic drink or refreshing summer drink?
I usually stick to coffee and water. I’ve had vanilla diet coke from Sonic when laying by the pool, and it certainly tasted good.
I had an amazing cup of Powerade the other day between my 6 mile run and coaching track (Coach Bill always preaches about not drinking sodas, and to be respectful, I didn’t want to show up at the field with one). The Walmart across from the track doesn’t sell cold, bottled, sports drinks- so I had no choice but to hit the McDonald’s inside for some blue flavored Powerade. I’m sure the flavor has a name- probably “Blue Thunder” or something like that, but nobody pays attention after 6 miles.
I drank an entire cup of Powerade standing at the soda machine, then refilled my cup before heading out to coach. That’s like a buy one get one free deal right there.
4. What was your first car, and what did you call it?
It was a 1995 Ford Probe, and I called it my first car. I still remember my dad surprising me by picking me up from school in it. I hadn’t asked for a car- I think he felt guilty that I was learning to drive on my mom’s Mercury Grand Marquis and wanted me to have something sportier.
I drove that car through my junior year of college until I got the car I have now- a 2001 Honda Accord. Yes, my car is 11 years old, I have no plans to get a newer one anytime soon, and except when it stalls when I’m on my way to a race, it runs great.
Well, at least I ran pretty well that day- makes one of us.
5. What’s one thing your spouse does that sends you over the edge?
I can’t really think of anything Clay does that truly sends me over the edge. He’d probably say I was over the edge before we ever met. Sometimes I wish he’d keep his room cleaner. I think now that he’s done with school and has more time, he will. Every couple has their little annoyances, but we’re both pretty patient with each other.
Q1.) Tell me about how a friend surprised you recently!
Q2.) Answer any of the other questions above.