Friday, April 30, 2010

Speeding Past (Or Not)

I'm up early this morning to finish packing for a big race I have this weekend. I'll tell you all about it when I get back, but if the suspense is too much, you can learn more here.
I'm taking advantage of this morning light to take a pic of my beloved running shoes. I have my name on the back so that people know who I am as I speed past them. Well, in reality, I just succumbed to peer pressure when I was designing them and feel incredibly dorky and like a summer camper having my name embroidered on my shoes (p.s. I will not be speeding past anyone).

This weekend, I'll be running with my two oldest friends. It has been a tough week for all of us and not being with them when we are hurting has been hard. I am excited and relieved to be seeing them in a few hours.

Song of the Day

Matt made an excellent suggestion for today's song. Please enjoy Bruce's Born to Run.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Losing an Old Friend

I woke this morning to the news that my friend Ryan had killed himself yesterday. I have known Ryan for over 20 years, and as I cannot think of a time that he was not being sweet and making a joke, this comes as a great shock. I have not seen Ryan in a while so I can only imagine that his pain was deep and my heart aches for him.

I've spent today trying to think of nice memories of Ryan, which is important when you lose a friend. In high school, Ryan and I worked together at the local pizza and video store. One day at work, the owner's son, a big practical joker, passed out scratch-and-win tickets, giving Ryan a fake one. By scratching his ticket, Ryan revealed that he had won a large sum of money. He told everyone to kiss his butt, that he quit, and then walked out. As he walked through the parking lot he realized it was a fake as the instructions on the back said that the ticket could be redeemed by returning it "To your mom's house" or mailing it to "never never land." Ryan ran back in pleading for his job back. He was quickly reinstated and everyone died laughing. That has always been one of my favorite stories and now it will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

I am overcome with feelings of helplessness. Feelings that for Ryan's family and close friends I'm sure are unbearable. If you see a friend struggling, please reach out to them. And if you yourself are feeling depressed or are having trouble coping, please please please ask for help.

Song of the Day
I remember clearly a day in 5th grade when Ryan and our friend Steve came rushing in exclaiming we HAD to listen to their new favorite song. They played Spin Doctor's Two Princes and we all agreed that it was the best.

Ryan, you are in my heart and your friends and family are in my prayers.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Birthday Bacon!

My birthday was on Friday. I woke to the smell of bacon which was the perfect beginning to an awesome day. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so special.

Matt surprised me with a delicious breakfast. Extra surprising because he isn't a morning person and he doesn't cook. Obviously he has been lying to be about both for 4 years!
My birthday dessert, which proved that it doesn't need to be spelled right to taste good.

And again, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made my birthday so special.

Song of the Day
Today's song is You Say Its Your Birthday by The Beatles.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Back with a Vengance (and pictures)

I'm back and couldn't resist the Die Hard reference! I've taken too long of a hiatus from blogging but I'm happy to report that I'm back on track with a great improvement. I got a fancy camera! A Canon Rebel XSI. One of the things I admire most about my favorite blogs are their great photos. It will take me a while to reach their quality but I'm excited about getting started. I can't wait to share with you...

my favorite things
my favorite places
and my absolute favorite people.

Song of the Day

Today's song is Spoon's I Turn My Camera On.

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