Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful for...

...My Elders...

Last week it was my grandpa's birthday, so I gave him a call to see how he was doing and he was surprised to get my call {which would explain why he screened my call} and happy to talk to me. Near the end of our conversation he said "I'm thrilled that you called because the younger generation doesn't have time for us old folks". That made me really sad! He has taught me so much and now he lives on his own and I don't call him as much as I should, so I am going to make a point to call him at least once a month from now on, because I know I care about him but I don't think I tell him that enough!

I also talked to the nicest man at the Memphis airport yesterday. He was also flying to Panama City and has lived there for 20 years... He lost his wife 8 years ago and I could tell by the way he talked about her I could tell that he loved her very much, and told me that if I ever found a man as good as his wife that I should hang onto him! He also told me how blessed he was to have such a great family. If I have half the love in my life that this man has had I will be one lucky girl!

...My Family...
I don't think I could love them more! I hung out and watched movies all day with my brother, took the dogs for a run, cooked with my mom, and joked around with my dad. They are pretty great and my life would suck without them!

...My Future...
I got an email while traveling yesterday that told me I was offered a second interview with LOCOG. If I got this job I would live in London for 18 months and have quite possibly the best experience of my life :) I'm beyond excited for what this could mean for my future, all I can do now is dazzle and wait :)

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've Been sorted...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How ONE Day Changes the WHOLE week!

So if you talked to me on Monday you know that I was in the midst of one of the worst days on record.  Frustrated with nearly everything that was happening in my life, it was one of those days that every single word that came out of my mouth was negative.  Probably because most of the things I had planned for the day had to be changed.  I wasn't supposed to run, instead I was going to go to yoga because I have been feeling a little like a rubber band that has been wound TOO tight {probably from running more in the last month and a half than I have in my 25 years of life}.  I can feel my muscles and tendons stretch with every step I take, so I thought some yoga would be good for me!  Plus yoga has a great way of calming everything down in just an hour.

That was until I got a phone call/email from Tamara {she's in charge of Marketing for US Speedskating where I am doing an internship} asking me to be on a Conference Call/Board Meeting to discuss the athlete agreement that I have been working on.  Now, if it were any other day then the day that I was having on Monday I would have been thrilled and in hindsight I have very good feelings about being allowed to be on that call as an unpaid, untested, intern.  But all I could think about on Monday was how my life was RUINED because I wasn't going to get to work out at all {also that clearly shows a change in my life because when have I been pissed to NOT workout?}.  The conference call went well, it was a bit long, but there were a lot of good ideas put forward and we're working on those changes.  Monday was put to bed still not felling awesome about how the day went and hoping that Tuesday would not be the same!

{**There were SEVERAL other things that went wrong on Monday, too many to list here...}

Tuesday was not the same!  I got so much done in the morning before class I was hopeful about the day. Work and class went off without any problems, but as I was driving to the rink I completely spaced where I was going and ended up missing the exit for the fast way.  Traffic on the freeway I was on {I-15} was backed up badly from an accident so I was starting to feel the bad day coming on again!  I get off at the first exit and somehow navigate my way through West Valley to Kearns, find a polling place, drop of my ballot {yay for voting} and made it to the rink.

While I am getting ready to teach I am texting Kelly because I have been a bad friend and we haven't seen each other since I left CO in August, and we literally live 10 minutes from each other!  So right before I have to go teach my 30 minute class, Kelly says she's coming to the rink...  I was so excited!  She came to the rink, just to see me!  Totally made my night to see her spying on me while I was teaching.  We chatted for a while after and I haven't laughed/smiled so much since this summer and it made me realize why I had such an amazing summer, THE PEOPLE.  I miss these girls:

Classic WP {Camping 4th of July}

so much and I didn't really realize how much of my life is missing without them until I saw Kel last night and my day instantly got better.  I won't gush about these ladies any more because I've done that here, here and here, let's just say I know that I will be friends with these crazy people for the rest of my life because my life is better with them {and to quote Ms. Kelly Clarkston "my life would(does) suck without you"}!

Other great things that happened yesterday

  • My student FINALLY understands the concept of a mohawk {it's really hard to understand if you don't skate but mohawks are a very conceptual thing}
  • I've hit the CENTURY mark for miles run since I started {102 to be specific, since starting Sept. 24}.  Also I finally know what a runner's high is!  I realized about halfway through my run last night I was smiling, so big I was on the verge of laughing!  That's when I started wondering how long that had been the look on my face...  That probably also contributed to Monday's crankiness to quote the great Elle Woods "exercise makes endorphins, endorphins make you happy..."
  • I VOTED!
SO glad the week turned around, Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dear Me...

I am super emotional today, but I've cried 3 times reading this:

Great blog