So, you know how I said that I don’t like Boston in my last post?  Shame on me.  What I SHOULD have said is that I don’t like DRIVING in Boston.  It intimidates me.  There is so much history in that old town that they couldn’t make the roads work, so driving is always a mess and construction s always going on.  It really is a beautiful city with so much to do and tons of history.  I really am proud to say that I am from Boston (well, 26.2 miles outside of it), and I have had many fun nights and days out there!

Some fond memories include going to the Chocolate restaurant where everything is chocolate as a teenager, going to Red Sox games, roaming fanueil hall in high school with friends, Quincy Market, many nights out at bars for New Years and other fun times, the aquarium, eating at the oldest bar in boston, whale watching, and so much more!

I just read this post too, and it reminded me how awesome of a city Boston is.  I REALLY recommend that you all read it and bookmark it for future travels.  I say “you all” meaning all 3 of you that read my blog! 🙂

Really, go check out that link now, especially if you like food!

Until then, I love that dirty water.

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These are my confessions…

1.  I use q-tips, and yet I continually tell people not to (as an audiologist student).

2.  I eat the same thing for breakfast every day.  And lunch.

3.  I chew gum.  A lot.

4.  I run when my knee hurts.  Hello injury!

5.  The main reason I decided to move across the country in the first place was for an ex-boyfriend.  Thankfully i’ve always wanted to move away for a year, and i’ve always loved Arizona (I have family there too).

6.  I try to not think about moving as much as possible, because it stresses me out.  I’m moving very soon.

7.  I haven’t even thought about packing.  Or shipping boxes.  Or anything else.  Nevermind, I set it up yesterday to have my car shipped.  Success!

8.  I have a pool and I never go in it.

9.  I hate bikinis.  I’d rather wear a tankini or one piece.

10.  I don’t take vitamins.  Well, sometimes I do, but I just ran out last week and haven’t replaced them.  Fail.

11.  I think I am going to miss the cold weather.  Just kidding.  I hate the cold, but I do like it when it’s in the 50’s sometimes!

12.  I wish I was moving to Colorado instead of Arizona.  There, I said it!

13.  I eat ice cream every night.

14.  I don’t like the city of Boston.  I could never live there.  It stresses me out.  I have Boston pride though!

15.   I really don’t like any cities for that matter.

16.  I don’t like trying on clothes.  I hate it actually.  I’d much rather buy something and return it.

17.  I have a very old cell phone, and I want a new one, but i’m waiting for the new iphone to come out.  Hurry up!

18.  I don’t think I will love my children as much as I love my dogs.

19.  I like to take photos of myself on my macbook.

20.  I hated my first year of grad school.  To the point where I wanted to drop out.  Thank goodness I stuck with it.

That’s all.  For now!

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Sharon Timlin 5K

This morning, with my dad and Briana, we ran the Sharon Timlin 5K in my home town!  We knew going into it that there would be hills, so we knew not to start off too fast.  I am used to hills because I grew up in a really hilly town, and I also have massive calves that I think make me better at hills.  I knew the course pretty well, and knew that when there’s an uphill, there will also be a downhill, so that made me more motivated to speed up the hills!

This is the start line:

We started off at a good pace, and then I picked up speed throughout.  I think I ran the last mile faster than the rest of the course, because I knew that it would be mostly flat and I knew that part of the course really well.  I was a sweaty mess at the end, and I really pushed as hard as I felt I could.

I finished in 24:26, and 10th in my age group out of 128.  I am proud!

The race was REALLY well run, and afterwards there were a bunch of tents set up with free samples and food.  There was also a line to wait in to get Mike Timlin’s autograph and a picture with him.  He is a Red Sox player!

Afterwards, we wanted to show Bri the start of the Boston Marathon.  Bri is a great runner, and has run marathons, and it is her goal to some day run THE Boston Marathon!  I’ve never really appreciated the fact that I grew up in the town where the race starts until recently.

I can pretend, right?!

What a fun way to start a Saturday!

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Podcasts and the Picky Eater

My wonderful roommate, err ex-roommate, introduced me to the idea of listening to podcasts while running.  I am the odd girl that runs all the time without listening to anything, not even music.  I don’t know why I have always done that, but it just seemed to work for me!  It was a chance for me to completely disconnect from the world, and just be in my own thoughts.

Two days ago I went for a run with my cute new little ipod nano and decided to listen to a Jillian Michaels podcast.  It.was.awesome.  It made the run go by so quickly, and it was so informative.  A lot of the things she talks about are about losing weight (which i’m not trying to do) and being healthy in general.

In the last one I listened to, she talked about how children are likely unhealthy and have poor eating habits because of their parents.  I don’t have kids (obviously) and I honestly don’t know very many kids, but a lot of the things she said really stuck with me.  In order to have healthy kids, we have to lead by example.  We have to be healthy ourselves.  I consider myself pretty healthy, but I definitely have a LOT of work I could do to become more healthy.  I want to start eating more fruits and more vegetables, and not turning my nose at many certain foods.  I’ve never really considered myself to be a picky eater until hanging out with friends that will literally eat anything.  It made me realize that I need to broaden my horizons with food.

Another thing she talked about was the power of the mind when it comes to food.  If we are told that something is “healthy” or “gross” as kids, most likely we aren’t going to like it.  If we, as leaders, tell our kids that healthy foods are delicious, they will be more inclined to try it, and even like it.  I know a lot of parents have a hard time trying to get their kids to try certain foods, so they used the example of talking to them at “their level.”  Tell them about one of their favorite superheroes, and how in order to get big and strong like ____, you have to eat whole grains, vegetables, etc.

I know there are definitely limitations and that not everyone’s circumstances are the same, but I thought that this is definitely some food for thought, pun intended.  It will be interesting to go back and listen to these podcasts when I some day have kids.  If podcasts aren’t totally done away with at that time!  Sigggh!

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Why are you still single?

I get this question often enough, and after reading this article, I now have the perfect answer(s)! Enjoy! 🙂

“I just haven’t met the right guy yet. I’m looking for someone who brings as much to the table as I do.” This answer should earn some respect. It says, “I have a head on my shoulders and I won’t settle just for the sake of settling.”

“Honestly? I spent too much time with the wrong guy, and now I work too much. But I’m fixing that.” This one makes no apologies. It’s realistic. It comes off as confident but also a little humble. Anyway, everyone makes mistakes!

“If I knew the answer, I might not be single, and that would be your loss!” Say this to a guy if you want to flirt with him. Sassy!

“Actually, I like being single. I’m in charge of my schedule and I don’t have to compromise on anything.” Don’t get too defensive, but if you enjoy the single life, this might be a good way to answer.

“Darling, I haven’t found someone worthy of me.” You have to wink after this one in order to show that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

“Well, I’m waiting for the kind of loving gentleman that you were lucky enough to find.” This will get your girlfriend off your back. It tells her you understand you should be looking for quality and she needs to stop worrying. Also, it flatters her.

“Oh, I don’t know. Suppose it doesn’t help that underneath my clothes my entire body is covered in scales.” Say this if you’re starring in Bridget Jones! (One of my favorites!)

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I am a runner

I could not stop laughing when I watched this.  Enjoy!  And laugh!  And no, I have not run a marathon, nor do I plan to, but I find this very amusing!

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Roommates, Crafts and Food

I have never lived alone before, ever.  In fact, I have had more roommates than the average person.  I had one roommate my freshman year (for the entire year) and we were lucky and got along great and were similar in many ways.  I transferred my sophomore year of school to a much bigger university.  That year, the school decided to overbook the students and ran out of housing.  Transfer students were left to stay in hotels.  I stayed in  a hotel for the first couple of months of school (which was torture) and I had a roommate there, who was never really there.  I moved on campus, and had a different roommate for the rest of that semester.  After the semester was over, I was unhappy with my living situation and moved to a different part of campus where I had a different roommate.  Some of these roommates were great, and others not-so-great, but i’ll keep that a secret.  My junior year of college, I moved into a sorority house, and had LOTS of roommates, haha!  I was really unhappy living there though, and decided to move back on campus to the brand new apartments just built, and had 3 different roommates at the time (we each had our own room).  My senior year, I moved back into the same room, but had 2 different roommates and one was the same.  I lost count of all those roommates.

Now, fast forward to grad school.  In my three years of grad school I had 3 different roommates.  The first two were okay, and my last one was fabulous.  That’s a different story for a different time though, but I kind of like her a lot.

I don’t really know why I am talking about all of my roommates, but the point is that I have always lived with people since I was 18, always.  In a month, I am going to be living by myself.  Completely alone.  In some ways, I am excited for this, and in other ways i’m nervous!  I have always liked having someone there with me, even if I didn’t like that person too much.  I am lucky because I will be working a lot, so I won’t be home much, but it is going to be a weird adjustment to be completely alone.  I am going to need to find things to do to distract myself and keep me busy.

Enter crafts and food.  I have always loved doing crafts and eating food.  I have decided to add these two things to my list of hobbies (errrrr running).  I am going to become more crafty and make more trips to the craft store, and read more craft blogs.  I am really excited for this.  When I was little, all I ever wanted to do was crafts.  As I grew up, I started to deem myself as less creative than I originally thought, but really I still love the idea of sitting down and doing crafts.  I want to make my apartment cute, and this will be a perfect addition to my hobbies.

Now for food.  I love food, I have always loved food.  I have NOT always loved to cook.  I like simple things, and even with all of those roommates, I have always done my own thing for food.  I don’t like buying lots of ingredients, so I have always eaten the same foods over and over again, that are nice and easy to make for one person (heating a frozen burrito up in the microwave DOES count as cooking in my own world).  HA!  I am going to change this.  I have already been reading lots of blogs and making a word document of recipes I want to make when I move.  I think this will also be a great way to keep myself busy.

To hold myself accountable for these new changes I want to make in my life, I have you, blog.  I will be posting about any new craft projects I have, and any new recipes I make.  I will also be posting about running and fitness goals.

I am really excited about these new changes in my life!  I am ready for this.

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