Sunday, May 23, 2010

Childlike Motivation

Thanks to everyone for their happy vacation wishes. Aruba was such a beautiful and relaxing place. Everyday was bright sunny and in the 90's. I am someone that thrives in such weather so when I came home to two days of overcast unseasonably cool weather it was a bit of a let down. I found myself starting to contact the PADS (Post Aruba Depression Syndrome) that the pilot had joked about on the flight home. I need to snap out of this I told myself and so I laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement. The crummy weather and the week of indulgence while away wasn't doing much to motivate my run and so I decided I needed to figure out a quick remedy. The best solution I could think of was to run somewhere I've never run before and so I veered off my usual neighborhood route and soon found myself near the entrance to my elementary school. "How fun will it be to do a lap around my old school!" I thought and I was so right! It was great to run through the school yard and reminisce about my friends and teachers. As I ran past the playground and saw the swings, I remembered how they were always my favorite. I also remembered the feeling of flight and weightlessness they always provide... a feeling that is awfully similar to the feeling I get on a great run. After I completed my lap, I ran home with a big smile on my face! It's amazing how a little change of scenery can change not only your mood but also your athletic performance. Photo from

Later that day, I decided I needed to hit the grocery store and stock up on some of the fruits and veggies that I neglected a little on vacation. Boy oh boy was I surprised and excited to see that cherries were back for the season! Cherries are my absolute favorite fruit and it's always a bummer that they are only available for such a short time every year. It was then that I realized I had found two positives in a day that started out dark and gray. Maybe life in New England ain't so bad afterall!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thank yous, Internet Problems and a Caribbean Escape!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to thank all my old friends, new friends, and family that have been checking out my blog and offering encouragement and support. I truly appreciate it. A very special thank you to my sissy, Sugar Bear, for posting about my blog on her blog. She is always saying how she has met some really great people in Blog Land and I got to experience that last week when some of you stopped by and welcomed me with such kind words. If I haven't already stopped by your blog, trust that I will be doing so soon. I also want to apologize because I wanted to write this post sooner but have been experiencing Internet problems for the last several days. Turns out the jack my router was plugged into shorted out. Whoops...a techie challenged person like me needs several days to realize this.

Also I wanted to say this will be my last post for a week or so as I will be leaving for Aruba in a couple days! A special shout out to my college buddy Mo Mo for asking me! SHU-Box forever! :-)

Anyway, I look forward to writing more when I get back and reading the posts of my new Blog Land buddies. Ya'll take care till then!