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Peach coke floats, m&m caramel apples and gyros

2 Sep
  • My triumphant return to running. I have run outside a total of three times now for 1.7 miles each time. Once right before the hurricane and my dad thought I was crazy. I am happy to report that no gusts of wind blew me astray. Running outside makes me feel at peace with the world. I love greeting people that I run past and seeing the changes in my neighborhood. I love the breeze of open, fresh air. I love propelling myself forward with each new step against the pavement.
  • Compliments while swimming. I am not a great swimmer. I am purely a recreational swimmer who tries to stay fit. When someone compliments me on my technique, no matter their “workout” intentions, I am proud at how far I’ve come. In January, I was so scared of the idea of swimming, possibly drowning and struggled to keep a breathing pattern of every three strokes. Now, eight months later, I have discovered more efficient ways of swimming and conserving my energy. I can swim the length of the pool breathing every nine to eleven strokes. Breathing less makes me feel like I’m going faster, but it wears out my arms more quickly. I am slowly eliminating my under arm fat. No jiggles!
  • Humility. Well, look at that. When I was getting too proud and looking down upon others, I get hit in the head (literally) and get a concussion. Being concussed scared me a lot and helped me put more of life in perspective. There is so much more to live for with the friendships and help of others than being selfish and thinking I can get by in life on my own.
  • Support. I love my teammates. Sitting with me on the sidelines. Driving me to the hospital. Visiting me at the hospital after the game. Emails and chats. I am really glad to know that people care about my health even when I am clumsy and injury-prone.
  • Sleep and rest. After a long summer of overtime, busyness and general craziness, I am glad that my slackened work agenda and the concussion is allowing and forcing me to rest. It is good to take care of myself.
  • La familia. So what if one of them gets really angry at me for days. So what if one of them annoys me at times. When it matters, they are there for me. They stayed up until 1 a.m. the night of my concussion waiting for me to get home safely. They weren’t angry at all at the situation but glad I was safe and had fabulous friends to take care of me. They were also very glad that I have health insurance bc my life includes many accidents.
  • The county fair. My home. I felt so at peace while at the fair this year and I was excited to share it with people who had never been to the fair before. I met great people in the knitting department and learned more about how the overall fair is run. I love logistics. I was also able to give back to my tents and help them move out. Those tents have been a huge blessing in my life and I could never repay them for the lessons they’ve taught me and growth they’ve provided. There’s really no better bonding than nine days straight in blistering heat, torrential rains and long hours with fabulous Christian brothers and sisters.

curling up in bed with a book on a rainy day

7 Aug
  • Moments of pure joy. Forgetting the world and loving life while being absolutely silly and not caring who’s watching
  • Mama. While my finger bled for hours on end, she sat with me and waited til I was ready for help.
  • Prayers. When life is crazy, pray. When people feel crazy, pray with them and for them. I can never express how thankful I am for friends that care enough to do this for me. It is one thing to take care of me, it is a whole other level to pray for me.
  • Tuesday’s football game. It was full of so much life and for the first time in a while, I didn’t shut down and run in a daze around the field. It is a team sport and I am playing for fun; I am relearning how to keep both in mind.
  • Work. My coworkers and I have shared laughter and many long days turned nights recently. For a while I shut down at work too, but am slowly coming back to life.
  • Fresh fruits and ice cream.
  • Conscious decisions to turn my life around.
  • Great danceable pop music slash workout music.
  • The reminders and check-ins. The reassurance. The love and consideration.
  • Open communication and honesty. There is no better feeling than getting things out in the open instead of bottling it up inside.

All that I’m after is a life full of laughter

30 Jul
  • Learning that people are real. Sometimes I think that my friends are invincible and perfect, with no regrets or flaws. It’s really good to dispel that illusion and in the end become closer to people because I’ve removed that bar of jealousy.
  • Heartfelt talks with people I love. Hearing audibly that people care for me, to reinforce what I know and reassure me.
  • Support. 1. Friends that back me up and understand me. 2. Friends that tell me the truth when I run to them in tears and frustration.
  • Friends that pray for me. Both on their on and with me.
  • Friends that sometimes know my heart better than I do.
  • Learning to live life to the fullest and make the most of every moment. Learning to create memories and not wait for them to happen.
  • Reunions. With family I haven’t seen in years and with God, whom I’ve neglected.
  • Joy. Peace of mind. Being positive and enjoying life.
  • Vacations. It is really good to get away from home, see old loves and make new friends.
  • Disposable income. I really appreciate that my parents have taught me about finance and managing my money so that I have enough money to spare to have fun. As often as I sometimes worry about how much and how frequently I spend, I know that I am in control of my finances.
  • Communication. I’m not the best at it, but I am always improving.
  • Gym membership. Trial gym memberships. Being able to be active and exercise even while I’m away. Keeping my sanity in tact.
  • Escaping DC during one of the hottest weeks of the year.
  • Truth and honesty. Two things to live by.
  • Fancy dinners. I appreciate that I can afford and experience them. While I may not appreciate it fully, I am able to say that I have been to some of the finest restaurants in the country.

Taking risks

30 May
  • Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone and realizing that I can do more than I thought that I was capable of.
  • Eating a nice dinner every now and then. Spending time and money with my friends and treating myself is important.
  • A positive and humble attitude. It is always appreciated and returned with an equally welcoming attitude.
  • Swimming. Some days are harder than others. I love that swimming can involve minimal effort so that I can push myself harder than usual and still not overexert myself
  • G. She always inspires me by how well she manages her life with ease, despite so many obstacles thrown in her path.
  • Air condition. I may like heat and humidity, but I can definitely appreciate it when I’m feeling dizzy at work while trying to meet deadlines.
  • New clothes. I always feel like a new person when I have fabulous new outfit combinations to try.
  • Trying new recipes. I was so lazy for a while, but I forgot how nice it is to cook nice foods.
  • Random DC people who go out of their way to help me in times of need. I never expected that from a city of supposedly cold, business-oriented people.

Family bonding time

22 May
  • DC’s new revelations in the restaurant industry. I love that some of my favorite NY places are coming to DC and making this area a better place to be.
  • Having a cast made me appreciate doing everyday things with ease like showering, washing my hands or doing dishes. While I hated it, it was prob a good idea to have it since I am not the most careful person ever.
  • Friends who make you forget the time. Friends who bring out the best in you and make you feel alive.
  • Fun days with the coworkers.
  • Swimming. Especially when I have a terrible day, I can trust that I can go swimming and pass out from exhaustion afterwards. I really missed this while I had my cast and I had had such a terrible, irritable mood.
  • Winning our second game for FXA. Losing seasons suck. Having teammates who make it worthwhile is awesome. I really enjoyed being able to play both ways again, and it still always amazes me if I ever get thrown the ball. Confidence boosting.
  • Getting to know DC streets better. I now don’t always have to drive around DC with GPS on.
  • Peace and trust. Things that I always need more of and am slowly relearning to find.
  • Thinking of you emails. While long messages are daunting, I love short hellos and letters of love.
  • Sundress weather. Amassing a collection of dresses. Finding good bargains.
  • The ORC is open! I will get around to sunbathing eventually.
  • Longer daylight hours. I love being able to swim with the natorium lit by sunlight. It’s this awesome feeling like being outside and more peaceful.
  • Fabulous rain storms. They have and always will make me stare with wonder.

losing track of time w good friends

15 May
  • girls nights out.
  • meeting new people.
  • adding to my group of friends who like going out.
  • playing good defense: breaking up passes, getting sacks and pulling flags
  • ff dates.
  • coach bryan.
  • productive work weeks
  • overall good performance reviews.
  • the freedom of designing something from scratch.
  • redesigns and refreshes
  • harry potter and other good books that make cycling at the gym bearable.
  • less people at the gym bc of finals and nice weather
  • good concerts
  • amazing voices
  • soul food
  • homey food like pb+banana sandwiches
  • justice
  • hanging punctuation, hanging numbers.
  • grids
  • getting my cast off
  • sleeping in
  • thinking of you phone calls

Evening talks w my dad

5 May
  • Joy. Tonight is the happiest that I’ve felt in a while. Inexplicable joy when life throws that many blessings at me, I can’t help but feel thankful. Similar to how I felt when visiting Rob and arriving at his NY apt, so happy that I couldn’t help but give him the biggest hug greetings ever.
  • Instantaneous communication via social media and cell phone gadgetry. I love that I can leave people messages and they will see them very close to real-time. I love that although I have friends around the country and world, I can easily communicate with them instead of having to write letters, which I tend to neglect doing.
  • Hearing from old loves. I still miss New York a ton and possibly always will unless I move there. In the meantime, it makes me really happy to hear from people up there and know that I always have friends up there.
  • Evening talks w my dad. My dad is very funny when you get to know him. He doesn’t tell good jokes and tells really random stories (hmmm, more of daddy’s genes?), but somehow it makes me laugh. He also isn’t quite up to date with technology and doesn’t know what’s “in,” but he teaches a class and between them and me, he learns about new things like slang and Twitter. Then he’ll try to incorporate this knowledge into daily life and it is hilarious. (We also talk about normal things like business, which are just nice to talk with him about.)
  • Stuffed animals. Everyone knows that I am a 6y.o. on the inside, so still having stuffed animals shouldn’t surprise anyone. I don’t care what anyone says, but sometimes after a long day or an aching heart, my stuffed animals can be better friends than my real friends.)
  • Sending Terp to print. Every issue of Terp magazine takes maybe 4 months to pull together. Designing takes up a good chunk of this time and a lot, lot, lot of creative brainpower. I am so glad to send it out the door and excited to publish my first feature design.
  • Design competitions and work. I am really lucky to work at a place where fabulously designed work is produced. I am even luckier to be able to call some of it my own and have work pay for its entries into design competitions. I’m still excited about my first design award and whatever future projects for which I might also be rewarded.
  • Organized work and living spaces. Everything has it’s place, even if it’s a pile. That said, I can’t stand when my room or desk get too messy. I like order. I like lists. Calendars. Fabulous record-keeping. And yet I am far from having OCD.
  • Nice ERC equipment desk people. All the regularly schedule people seem to know me now and don’t have to ask for my name anymore. This is great customer service.
  • Terrapin Pride. Maryland Day was Saturday. Gary Williams retired today. I am proud to belong to a school where school pride runs high and traditions and legends live on.
  • Warm sunny days and getting my first bit of sun tan (burn) this year.
  • My industry and job. I am part of the small percentage of people who have a job that they actually enjoy. Knowing that so many of my own friends are unhappy with where they are upsets me. I don’t I’d be very happy or pleasant if I hated my job.
  • Toasted PB+banana sandwiches. Sometimes cheap lunches are the best.
  • Calcium and vitamin D. I am not very pleasant when injured. These nutrients help keep me sane.
  • A finger cast instead of a cast that immobilizes my pinky. Especially now that it’s loose, I am so thankful to be able to move and wiggle my finger.
  • The words “weeble wobble.” They’re fun.
  • New friends. Some of the people that I’ve met this year are fabulous and have lots in common with me. I’m glad God’s kept me in DC so far this year.
  • Longer daylight hours. I can drive to and from work in daylight (I do not excel at nighttime driving). More importantly, I can go to the gym after work and watch people outside while exercising. My attention wanders while exercising and there’s always plenty going on on La Plata Beach or in front of the gym during the warmer months. (During the winter, it is too dark outside to see through the window.)
  • Allergy medicine.
  • Freshly washed bed linens.
  • New clothes. Especially when they are on sale or at the thrift store.
  • Engagements. So many of my friends are recently engaged. I am so excited that they found their future spouse and that they are so happy together.

having more sunlight hours towards summer

1 May
  • pushing two-a-days bc i can. turned out to be a great week for it too since i got injured shortly afterwards
  • medical clinics. whereas i have to wait hours for a schedule appt for my own doctors, i love that clinics see me within minutes for a walk-in appt. i like doctors that are conscious of their patient’s time.
  • all of my coworkers that have mothered me lately. whether it be humoring my crankiness or helping me put on a cardigan, i love that we’re close enough to be friends in an office environment.
  • university receptions and the free food that ensues. sometimes it’s tasty, other times i am thankful that i don’t mind eating school food.
  • being early and prepared for mag draft deadlines this time around.
  • meeting new people while eating out or waiting. i have talked to so many new people in the past week at doctors’ offices or restaurants, i like that i look friendly enough for strangers to strike up conversation
  • health. being gimpy in so many ways now, i get upset at my current shortcomings. i can’t wait to be able to run or get out of my cast.
  • ibuprofen. although it isn’t doing much for swelling, it certainly helps eliminate pain.
  • gelati dates w ff. since we are both so busy lately, being able to get together and catch up is a treat. we always have tons of things to say and it goes to show that great friends pick up where they left off. i love that i can talk about almost anything w her and she doesn’t judge me for any of it.
  • all sorts of friends who supported me through tears and pain this week. it’s great knowing that so many people care about me.
  • longer hours of sunlight so that when i go home at night, even after going to the gym, it is still light out.

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.