Happy Thursday! Coming up with introductions are the hardest part of writing a post. So I’m skipping that today. Pretty much everyone in blog land knows that Thursdays are for thinking out loud, so there’s really no intro necessary. I will say that I’m blogging from my BEDROOM for the first time ever. We’ve been living in our apartment for 364 days and it took until day 363 to get the internet to reach. I’m a pretty happy camper.
1) A year ago I started my job. It feels like I’m still brand new most of the time but in reality, I work in a position with a high turnover rate (it’s a 1-2 year position where you shadow different areas in the company to decide what you want to do next). I could not have asked for a better first job with some pretty amazing opportunities coming very soon.
2) Last Wednesday we had a half day because marketing threw a launch party for a product release. They rented the Spirit of Baltimore for the afternoon so we could socialize with other departments. The greatest part about working at such a young company is that it has the feel of a startup with the structure/perks of a corporation. Work-life balance is really important to the company culture and it makes it an enjoyable place to work. I didn’t go on the cruise last summer and was really surprised at how elaborate the decor and food/drinks were. They even customized pillows and jenga games with our logo and anchors. My company knows how to throw a party. It was the perfect reintroduction to reality post-vacation.
4) I’m lucky to be someone who really likes my job. I never dread going to work. I went through a period about 6 months ago where I wasn’t sure it was right for me, but that didn’t last long. I genuinely enjoy what I do and there is a legitimate purpose to my position. It’s pretty cool to see ads I launch pop up on my iPad at night. The hardest part is the distance from home. It’s something I struggle with on a regular basis. The past few weeks have been emotionally trying for me as I’m adjusting to being back in Baltimore. One of my roommates was surprised I’m staying for another year- she, like myself, thought I’d be moving back home as soon as our lease ended. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t homesick every day. But I’m pretty content with my life as a whole and the grass is always greener :)
5) My grandparents officially like my boyfriend more than me. She threatens to take me out of the will every time I forget to email her for a few weeks.
6) I’m pretty much feeling back to normal on the running front. I did a long run Monday morning and it felt great. I’m going to start wearing my garmin again to make sure I’m keeping the pace slower on recovery and long runs. I’ve never followed an official plan because I don’t really like being “in training” so it’s a totally new experience. My current focus is on starting slower than my goal pace and finishing faster to retrain my brain. It’s time to reevaluate the way I run and pushing hard on long runs isn’t going to get me to the starting line healthy.
7) PR Day at November Project yesterday. Lauren and I chatted our way through the 2-mile time trial and although we said we were going to run it easy, we got caught up in the “race everything” motto. My watch said we ran 6:45 pace, so it was a fast tempo run but it went by fast.
8) I haven’t been wearing anything other than sandals and flip flops lately, but I was sent a few pairs of Kushyfoot Socks to review awhile ago and finally had a chance to test them out. I always get blisters with flats, converse, and boat shoes but wearing socks always shows. These ones are cut low so they’re perfect and I was able to walk to and from work without issues. I also received a pair of fold-able ballet slippers that will be perfect for times I can’t walk far in heels and need a backup.
9) Because we’re talking about shoes, my favorite flip flops broke a few weeks ago and I needed a pair for vacation so I ordered a pair of sanuks to be delivered to the dockhouse. I’m officially obsessed. They’re dressy enough to wear to work but just as comfortable as my Reefs. So basically, I get to wear slippers all the time.
10) I bought this t-shirt at the new running store in Newport because I like visiting running stores I’ve never been to and it seemed fitting at the end of vacation. I don’t get new clothes often, so when I see something I love, I go ahead and buy it. The rest of my money goes to Kilwins and biking. Expensive hobbies ;)
11) This weekend is my first solo weekend in Baltimore in many months. It’s an unfamiliar feeling to me and when I first realized I was going to have a weekend completely free, I started looking for a flight home. I have a bunch of Southwest points to use but I couldn’t justify burning through them just because I didn’t want to be here. It sounds dramatic (and it is). This always happens right after I’ve been home for a long time. All I think about is going back. so once I snapped myself out of it, I came up with a pretty great weekend. I’m going to bike party tomorrow night, a solo bike ride Saturday and maybe a movie, and a fundraiser for my aunt in Annapolis Sunday. So much for no plans.
What are your favorite sandals?
What do you do when you have no plans?