“Happy” Columbus Day!
I’m not really a fan of this holiday, but I hope that you got the day off! As for me, I’m currently in denial about the fact that I teach at the only school in Memphis (I believe) that doesn’t have a week of Fall Break right now…
A sleep related side note: At our Professional Development this past Friday, the speaker asked if anyone woke up every morning feeling upset. I raised my hand (and so did one other
person). Everyone stared at me. Apparently I should have kept this to myself. I am just never going to be a morning person…
Anyways, onto happier things…
Last week I started running again! 🙂
On Tuesday evening, I ran 2.1 miles with the boyfriend around his neighborhood. We did 3:1 intervals. We didn’t push the pace too hard (if “pushing the pace” is even something that exists in my turtle-speed world), and I enjoyed the run! I was very happy that he joined me. It was definitely some helpful motivation.
The next evening, I went to the group run at Breakaway Running in Germantown. Sometimes I run/race with a group called the Schweddy Belles. I ended up running 3 miles with fellow Halloween enthusiast Brandy. We mostly did 5:1 intervals, and I enjoyed the run! It’s always nice to run with friends. I also gave my friend Allison a picture that I made for her new house. I’ve never really done any art like this before (usually I just do word art on paper with just pen), but I’m pretty proud of it!
I forgot to turn it off at the end. Also, Subway. Yum.
To help me cope with my denial about not having a Fall Break, this weekend the boyfriend and I took a brief, one-night camping trip to Tishomingo State Park in Mississippi. The drive down there was beautiful and made me miss autumn Michigan. We arrived at the park around 4 PM on Saturday, set up our tent, and went on a short ~1.5 mile hike on the CCC Pond Trail.
We brought Jack! 🙂
Pretty views on the hike.
After the hike, we went back to our campsite and chilled. I read The Silver Linings Playbook and ate veggies and chips and dip while W. cooked hot dogs and hamburgers. We relaxed by the fire and cooked s’mores, trying to stay warm. Fall camping is nice because it isn’t scorching hot, but the sun did go down pretty early. The next morning, we went on another hike– this one was longer, about 3 miles. The park is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and we could really tell on this hike! Lots of ups and downs. The highlight of the hike was a waterfall, which didn’t have a lot of water but was still pretty. Also, we got to go over a swinging bridge! The first time we went over, a teenage girl was walking towards us. When she saw Jack, she threw her arms in the arm and exclaimed “It’s a wolf!” in the happiest voice. She asked if she could pet him, and of course we let her. Hooray for puppy dog love everywhere.
Using my years of summer camp experience in setting up a “log cabin” fire.
Posing by the waterfall.
Is that a yeti lurking in the woods? (Spoiler alert: it’s not. It’s me.)
A man, his dog, and a swinging bridge. I was proud of Jack for walking across this! When we went camping a year and a half ago, Jack refused to walk across a similar bridge.
After the hike, we relaxed for a little bit, packed up, and drove home. I was very exhausted and went to sleep after an episode of Friday Night Lights and doing some laundry. Overall, it was a fun little getaway, and I am glad we had the opportunity to go!
The rest of my week is going to involve prepping my messy apartment for my friend Samantha’s visit. I may not be going out of town, but this upcoming weekend is going to feel like a vacation with all the fun we have planned! 🙂 In the meantime, have a happy week. My next post will be two book reviews: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
For the comments: Did you have today off work? What did you do?