Thursday, June 28, 2012

As Many States as Possible

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Melissa asked us to write about the following: "America" Since July 4th is coming up the following week (but the next post will be after the holiday), I thought we could write about anything to do with America. Favorite places to go, favorite songs about America, what makes you American/how living in America has affected your personality, favorite presidents, etc. anything goes!

When I first started running I learned that my middle brother A, who also runs, had a goal to run in all 50 states. I found this goal to be funny, but in some way I understood it.

While I was in Michigan, I ran along the lakeshore. (Not as much as I would have liked, but I still ran. Also, it was amazing getting to run amongst such a beautiful backdrop.) Anyhow... While I was running I thought about A and his goal to run in every state. It made me smile. Then it made me realize that I have now ran in two states - Michigan and Illinois. This started me thinking...

I started thinking about making it a goal to see how many states I could run in. I'm not sure I'll get all 50 states, but it would be fun to see how many I could get to over the years. Also, it might give me the nudge I need to visit states I haven't been to yet.

So, I guess only time will tell how many states I run in, but it's sure fun to think of all the places I could visit as part of this type of goal. It would be a great way to see America.


Please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about America:

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Momarock (Sara)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Not All Acts of Kindness are Random

For the Thursday Blog Group topic this week, Sara asked us to talk about the following: What is a random act of kindness you've witnessed, or that you've done, or that someone has done for you?

At first when I read this topic I was all, "Right on! This is definitely up my alley." However, since then I have thought more about what I was going to say and realized I was going to have a harder time with this topic than I first imagined.

Now, the first thing you should know is that the reason I felt like I was going to have a hard time with this topic doesn't have to do with my lack of kindness towards others or lack of others showing kindness (whether towards me or someone else). It's more that the "random" acts of kindness, that aren't really random sometimes, are special to me and not something I feel is necessary to broadcast into cyberspace. It is this fact that makes it difficult to choose something to talk about this week.

After much consideration, I will share this story with you....

This past Mother's Day weekend, I spent Saturday and Sunday with my mom. The day started with manicures in the morning and then brunch with mom and my middle sister-in-law. Prior to brunch, I told my mom I wanted to pick up a card for my msil and that I would see her at the restaurant. Mom knew I was planning on driving separately to brunch, but what she didn't know was that I was picking something up for her as well. At brunch, I had for both my mom and msil a dozen roses. They both LOVED them!

After a lovely meal, once again mom and I went separate ways. Mom had errands to tend to so I went to her place for a bit before I went out that evening. While at mom's I straightened up her place and did dishes.

Later that evening when I got home from being out, as we chatted mom made a comment that she was going to do the dishes from the dinner party she had had the night before, but she was too tired so she would do them in the morning. I looked at her, and asked if she had been in the kitchen recently. She said, "No" and then went in there to see why I was asking. When she saw the empty sink she stood there in shock. She then asked why I had done them. I told her she got my cleaning services as part of her Mother's Day present. Mom was ELATED!!! It was at this moment that I realized that something is simple as helping clean is the best present I could ever give her at this point in her life. It was one less thing she had to think of doing and gave her a chance to rest.

Since then weekend, I have made it a point to help clean up around my mom's place whenever I am over there. I've even helped do her laundry as well. The last time I was there, as I was cleaning up, mom said, "I love this! It's like Mother's Day all over again." It made me happy to hear and is what makes me continue to do this not so random act of kindness.

Now that I have talked about my random act of kindness, please take a moment to read about the random acts of kindness my fellow bloggers have experienced or done.

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Froggie: A Letter To My Younger Self

Dear Froggie:

Happy 32nd Birthday!!!

I hope you enjoyed your Deerfield's Bakery birthday cake, and have a fond recollection of how yummy it tasted. Sadly, this cake is the last sweet thing you're going to "taste" for a while, so please savor the memory.

As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I think you should know your gut feeling that things in your life are shifting for the worse is in fact, correct.

You're heading towards very rough waters, my friend. Things that you would have never imagined taking place in your life, will happen to you. So, before you make your way into the storm, know these two things:

• There will be times you'll question your strength and ability to make it through this period of time... Try to keep this self-doubt to a minimum as you will persevere.

• There is rhyme and reason to all this; though right now you continuously question WHY all these craptastic things are happening, know that it will all make sense one day.

(I realize these seem trite, but they are SO true!)

As much as I hate it, there is nothing I can do to make the journey you're about to embark on easier so let me give you an idea of what you have to look forward to:

• Great Passion -- For the things you're doing and the people you surround yourself with.

• An immense appreciation for the simple things life has to offer.

• A type of happiness you've never experienced before.

• Letting your brilliance shine through. (There is nothing wrong with being modest, but when you put your awesomeness on display, people do take notice.)

• Seeing your dreams become reality.

• Pie ... Trust me on this one, when the time is right this will totally make sense.

Oh, and one last thing . . . Remember, it's not only your mind that needs to stay open; your heart needs some fresh air as well.

Stay strong (I know you will) and believe in the goodness that lies ahead.


Your 36-year-old self


For the Thursday Blog Project, I asked my fellow bloggers to write a "Dear Me" letter (to any point in time in their life).

Now that I have shared my words of advice to my 32-year-old self, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say in their letters:

Momarock (Sara)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thoughts About Summer

There's no denying it... summer is here!

Though it's not officially summer (the Summer Solstice is June 20th), consistent warmer temps have arrived and the sun is out longer and longer each day. To mark the occasion, Susanna asked the Thursday Blog Project group to write summer. More specifically: It is summer. Do you dread the hot, humid days that can lack structure or do you relish the slower pace? Or is it just another day?

I have mixed emotions about summer. I'm an outdoors type of person. Nothing makes me happier than to spend hours on end taking walks, running, sitting outside when at a restaurant, etc. Being cooped up indoors just doesn't jive well with me. On the flip-side, when temperatures and humidity levels jump, I am not so happy. I went through four very hot and humid summer when I was in college and that was enough for me. Basically that type of weather puts a bit of a damper on my outdoor activities.

With that in mind, there is always going the option of finding ways to cool off while one is outside. Last summer, I worked in a part of the downtown Chicago area called the loop. To be more precise I could, for all intents and purposes, throw a rock at Millennium Park. Since that was the case, I spent a lot of my lunches at MP. I thought it was wrong to not take advantage of my proximity to such a nice place to hangout in the city. It was, however, hot and humid when I was outside in the middle of the day so I found ways to cool off. Often this meant walking through the pool of water that accumulates between the two main fountains. I also had a special spot I would go to and soak my feet. Even though I wasn't swimming in the water, it did seem to cool me off -- even if it was just a little bit.

My summer days are never really not structured. Actually, I think the summer, for me, has even more structure than normal because I want to fit so many things into each day. Sometime I actually need to stop myself and just take a pause... outside of course!

At the end of the day, I always look forward to summer regardless of the weather. There are so many things to look forward too. Whether it's knitting events, family gathering or just my weekend walks/runs summer is packed with tons of great memories for me.

Now that I've shared my thoughts on the dog daze of summer, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say:

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Momarock (Sara)