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Unintentional Hiatus: The Sequel

Wow, that's two days this week that I didn't update at all, and I don't even have a perfectly legitimate excuse for it. If I'm not careful, I'm going to lose my cred as one of LJ's most faithful users! LOL. Actually, I shouldn't say I had no legitimate excuse for not updating yesterday. It was a similar situation to what happened on Monday: I was busy all day, Adam called just when I finally had some down time, and by the time we were done talking, not only was I too tired to really put an update together, but I'd promised myself I'd finally wash my dishes before I went to bed, so that took higher priority than updating the journal did. Anyway, today is going to be the start of yet another weekend where my appearances may be few and far between, so I'm seizing the lunch hour for opportunity!

First of all, happy Friday, everyone! :D This felt like both a long and slow week for me. Even though I managed to stay busy through most of it, I still felt as if it dragged here and there. Maybe that's just me. At least work wasn't too daunting or hectic, and for once, I had plenty to keep me busy. Before anyone asks, no word back yet from University of Chicago or on any of my other more recent applications, but I'm not worried. Maybe I'll hear something next week. Speaking of next week, it's officially less than a week until my trip home! :D I admit that thinking about that has been a big part of helping me get through the week. Stacy posted some adorable pictures of Carly on Facebook yesterday. She's getting so big, and she has the prettiest little baby smile!



...and because this one was too cute as well:



Isn't she precious? <3 I can't believe she's five and a half months old already! It'll be so good to give her squeezes and kisses next week. I'm also curious to see how much Beth's baby bump has grown since the last time I saw her. At some point I'll need to make a trip to Buy Buy Baby, which is where one of her registries is, to finally do some baby shopping. Conveniently enough, it's right next to Road Runner Sports, which is a running gear store. ;D

Speaking of running, I did some last night before I went to Weight Watchers because it had warmed up since Wednesday. I was originally only aiming to do three miles because I thought that was all I'd have time for, so as soon as I got home, I changed quickly and went out the door. I went south on Western, east on Lawrence, north on Clark, and finished by going west down Foster. By the time I was about a block from my apartment, though, I realized I was at 3.63 miles, so what did I do? I ran up and down my street enough times so I could get four! xD I had 4.04 in the end, for that matter. I'm planning to go again tonight after work, so with any luck, I can finish up the twelve I was aiming to get in this week. Fleet Feet put together this training schedule for the Shamrock Shuffle, and I took one with me after the last fun run I went to of theirs. It also includes cross-training, which I'm not really into, so I'm mainly just trying to do the mileage it recommends per week. I don't follow the exact days or distances that the schedule suggests, but last week and the week before, I did enough, so I don't plan on this week being any different.

Unfortunately, my WW report this week isn't so great, although it's not entirely unexpected. I got there when the meeting was about halfway over, and I found out I gained a pound. :P That's what I get for caving in to the Girl Scouts who set their table up behind the cash registers at Jewel last Saturday. Some cookies got tracked, others didn't. This now means I'm back to being four pounds away from reaching my goal weight, and the chances of me doing that in time for the race are pretty slim (no pun intended). Maybe I can still get there by my birthday. I was upset about it for a while last night, which is part of why my phone call with Adam took so long because I got a little snippy with him, which then led to me crying, and that led to a round of Adam assuring me that he thinks I'm beautiful no matter what and I need to not beat myself up so much. I know he's right, especially considering that earlier yesterday, a girl in WRC made a post about how she'd also recently had a less than desirable weigh-in, and I left her a comment saying I knew how she felt and that I'd been there more than once, but I told her she couldn't let herself stay down too long, or else she'd never get back up. I decided I'd better take my own advice. I brought the rest of the Girl Scout cookies to work and left them in the break room. They're nearly gone now, and I haven't eaten any of them myself. I also plan to be pretty active over the next week. In addition to tonight's run, I'm planning to go to Zumba tomorrow and Wednesday, and I've made plans to go running with Brooke and company both Sunday and Monday. (This Monday is Fleet Feet's monthly Pint Night Fun Run, so a bunch of us are going to the Old Town one.)

In other news, I was able to pick up The Scarlet Pimpernel on my way home Wednesday night, and I started reading it yesterday. Brian wasn't kidding when he said it was a quick read. I'm already about 80 pages in, and I keep surprising myself with how much I get read during a single train trip. It's entertaining so far. The discussion is the 26th, so at the rate I'm going, finishing in time shouldn't be much of a problem. I may even finish before my trip.

I hope this is a good weekend ahead of me. After my run tonight, Adam and I are going to a party that Justin and Gina are having. It's an unofficial going-away party; they're leaving their loft in Printers' Row for a spot near McCormick Place, so they'll at least still be in Chicago. We haven't made too many other plans for the rest of the weekend. Last night he said we'd do something fun, but that could mean anything. I think he mainly wants to finish unpacking. Maybe with any luck, we'll get the hook for my curtains up!

Comments

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dutchtulips
Mar. 14th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hi, little Carly! ;DD What a sweetheart. <33

Sorry about WW. :( You shoulda sent the Girl Scout cookies over to me, because this is the second year in a row I've missed out and I'm pretty pissed about that.
aries11
Mar. 17th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
I know! How can you not love a face like that? <33

Are Samoas and/or Savannah Smiles high on your list? Because those are what I bought. The Samoas were the ones I brought to work, and they're my all-time favorite! Luckily I came to work this morning, and they were officially gone.
dutchtulips
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
Nah, I don't really care for Samoas; I don't like coconut.
aries11
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
Neither does Nikki. A couple weeks ago at a meeting, she was telling us about her latest snafu, which was buying four boxes of GS cookies and eating most of them in a single day. Naturally, everyone wanted to know what kind they were, figuring they had to be the more addicting flavors like Thin Mints or Samoas. Nikki said they were Trefoils, aka the shortbreads. Everyone just kinda went "Oh," as if to really say, "You really ate four boxes of shortbread cookies in a day?" Then someone mentioned Samoas, to which Nikki replied, "Yeah, but I don't like coconut."
hermionesparkle
Mar. 15th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness! Carly is sooo precious.

Those pesky Girl Scout cookies. They'll get ya. Good for you for having willpower to take them to the break room.
aries11
Mar. 17th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Isn't she? :D

They really will, but it's something to learn from, if nothing else.
stuffy34
Mar. 15th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Carly is such a cutie!!
aries11
Mar. 17th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it!
katje0711
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Your niece is adorable!
aries11
Mar. 27th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
I could just eat her up!
thecomedian
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Stop slacking--I'm running out of reading material when I catch up on my friends page after 2 weeks :P

The girl scouts mean well but their food is so addictive.
aries11
Mar. 28th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Are you telling me to stop having an awesome life? Because that's the only reason I slack here!

At least they don't blatantly discriminate, unlike their counterparts.
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