Archive | April, 2011

the smell of freshly baked awesomeness

23 Apr
  • friends who listen and don’t judge. i’ve needed to rant a lot lately.
  • eventually passing my visual field test and not having to worry about more doctors.
  • allergy medicine. which also makes me really thirsty so it forces me to drink tons of water.
  • swimming hard, coming home and my body feeling exhausted.
  • sharing a lane with nice people who are considerate swimmers. some days you end up next to people who kick you, other times you have people who aren’t actually in the pool to swim. i really appreciate when the person i’m sharing with takes the time to ask if they can share, introduces him/herself and is courteous.
  • weekend sleep. sometimes during the week, it is a struggle to sleep restfully. at least on weekends, i have no time limitations and can sleep whenever i want.
  • teammates that i can trust to help me always improve my game. not just turn a blind eye to poor performance
  • getting my feature to work out and actually liking it. at one point i was regretting not hand drawing it, but it turned out really nice.
  • reassurance. it’s hard to be sure of myself sometimes, especially lately. it was nice to hear that i’m not alone from someone else even if i know it deep down.

daffodils, daisies and single red roses

14 Apr
  • downtime. despite being gimpy, i had an excuse to breathe, sleep and catch up on a lot lot lot of movies.
  • jaleo bethesda hh. when in doubt where to go, this is always a good go-to spot.
  • touch football defenses and making fabulous plays in my saturday league. it reassures me that i can catch footballs and run proper routes. sometimes strange gender rules are worthwhile.
  • ice+ibuprofen. i can at least reduce the craziness even if i can’t immediately eliminate it.
  • circle swim. although it’s really tough to find people who swim at the same speed as me and coordinate staying far enough away from the people behind or in front of me, circle swim pushes me to swim harder. i stop less after a lap. my heart rate goes higher. my body gets a good workout.
  • ┬ábelonging to a big university gym means you don’t see many people twice bc we all have different schedules. but sometimes i meet new friends and i really enjoy getting these small gym benefits in a big gym environment.
  • pushing out second drafts for the mag before deadline. usually i’m stressed and rushed, but this time i was at a good stopping point and i’m pretty happy with what i’ve done.
  • hearing fun songs on the radio. esp songs that friends have mentioned remind them of me.
  • warm, sun-shining days. nothing puts me in a better mood than great weather.
  • the n.bethesda whole foods. it has so many things that i’ve only ever dreamed of.
  • reading. while i may read the most books, i keep up with a bajillion blogs and newspapers. and i love it. and i love that every night after dinner, i sit down and read before i sleep.
  • roomies. recently i’ve been able to chat with two of my old roomies. and i love them to death and really appreciate how well they know me and still care about my life.
  • friends that help friends. i love that my friends are helping each other find new jobs and study for exams. i love when my friend circle gets to know each other.
  • thinking of you messages. whether it’s a late night text or a mid-day e-mail, i love my friends’ thoughtfulness.
  • my vision. while it may fail me at times or even possibly eventually, i love being able to see colors, faces, patterns and life.
  • attending really good talks. sometimes it takes a bit of pressure to get me to an event. i am really good at making excuses of why staying home is a better idea. but i love learning and meeting new people.
  • lotion and deep conditioner. pool water is not my bff.

giggles and joy

9 Apr
  • friends like rb that remind me when life does and doesn’t matter. the ones that listen and don’t judge.
  • having a car or at least good public transportation.
  • food dates w old loves. catching up on life.
  • friends all around the country whom i can visit and have free housing
  • the return of rec league football to my life. i have a routine again and it’s nice to have some semblance of normalcy back.
  • my cali trip. it was really good to get away from home, explore sf and see rob.
  • the really awesome sommelier at duckhorn who is from dc.
  • my wednesday equipment checkout girls. i love when people remember me before i tell them who i am. and i especially like making new friends
  • hanging out w coworkers. i’m all sorts of excited to know new people who share the same interests as me!
  • getting to the tail end of competition season. coordinating and filling out entry forms is tiring.
  • being busy at work. having projects to crank out. having projects that i’m excited about. it’s only work if you make it.
  • new meds. hoping my life returns to normal.
  • networking events. as hard as it is sometimes to get me to attend them, i really do love meeting new people.