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Sometimes I think that I should only write a blog post if I have something important to say. Not important as in life-changing – more like purposeful. A specific topic, a race recap, a product review, etc. Something with a relatively clear plot – a beginning, middle, and end.
But sometimes I don’t have anything important to say. I have lots of little things on my mind, but not one big thing. Sometimes I share these things on social media, but other times I just don’t bother. I figure that you’re probably not interested in reading my ramblings about everyday life. But then again…maybe you are? Because if I had to guess, I’d say that a good 80% of my life (okay, probably 95%) can be found in these everyday events. And if I don’t share them with you, I’m only showing you a fraction of my actual life.
Still here? Okay. Here’s my Random List of Randomness (in random order).
1. For the first time in practically ever, I have my own little garden! And I haven’t killed any of it yet! Actually, I almost killed the aloe plant, which my first grader brought home from her school garden, but somehow I brought it back to life. She also brought home the radish (at least I think that’s what it is), which is first from the right.
I have no idea what the other plants are, since I forgot to label them. They might be peppers – I guess (I hope) we’ll find out eventually. I have to give a lot of credit to my husband, who is in charge of our compost bin and the lovely humus (not the kind that I ate with every meal in Israel) that we used for our latest round of planting. We also have tomatoes and squash growing outside, but this little windowsill garden is my baby.
2. I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately, largely thanks to Audible. (I still consider audiobooks reading – do you?) Last week I listened to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart in two days. Now I’m listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’m not devouring it quite as much as I have some other books lately, but I’m still enjoying it a lot.
I love reading real paperback books, but I finally gave in and started buying the Kindle version when I realized that I could read them in bed at night without disturbing my husband. I used to read before bed every night, and somehow I got out of this habit. I’m glad to be back into it. Last night I finished What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, which turned out to be great – a lot better than I thought it would be. I’m not sure what to read next – suggestions are welcome.
3. Don’t hate me, but I’ve crossed over to Team Leggings As Pants. They’re SO easy and comfortable, and now that I’ve started, I just can’t quit them. If that means that you have to see a little more of my butt than you care to…well, I’m sorry but we’ll both just have to live with that. You can avert your eyes. I’m cool with that.
4. Speaking of questionable fashion choices, I’m having some shoe issues. Here in Florida, we wear flip-flips almost year round. I love flip-flops. However, I question whether a person without a full set of toenails should be walking around in them. They’re not pretty, y’all.
(WARNING: Please skip this part if you’re easily grossed out or have issues with wonky toenails.) To make matters worse, one of my big toenails is only attached by the root. If I bump my toenail or even brush something against it, it lifts away from the skin, which is both painful and disgusting. So my reluctance to wear flip-flops or other open-toed shoes is not just about vanity – it’s also a safety thing.
All this is to say that I need new shoes for the summer – shoes that cover my toes but that will still look cute with shorts, skirts, skinny jeans, and (YES) leggings. I’m thinking maybe Toms?
5. My running has been inconsistent for the past few months, and April was no different. I ran 43.69 miles in April, compared with 40.56 miles in March – so I guess technically that’s pretty consistent. But what I mean is that some weeks I’m running 4 times, and others I’m only running once. I really created quite a painful situation for myself by running in those old shoes, so I’ve had to spend a good bit of time resting and recovering. The pain in my right arch comes and goes (and usually comes the morning after I run), so I’ve been trying to rest and foam roll as much as possible.
Lately I seem to have an all or nothing approach to running – either I want to run every day (too much), or I skip runs for 3-4 days at a time (not enough). I don’t know. I just need to take it easy on my body and on myself right now. I know I’ll get back on track when I’m ready.
6. A couple of bloggy things. I’ve started contributing to ActiveKids.com (part of Active.com). You can read my first couple of articles HERE and HERE. I’m also contributing to Mode.com, and you can find my stories HERE. I think my favorite so far has been this one: Ditch Your Boring Workouts & Dance Your Way to Good Health! Look for more stuff from me on both sites in the coming months.
I’d mentioned a couple of months ago that I’d joined the team of Jeff Galloway Bloggers. I love Jeff Galloway and his training program, but I’ve stepped back from that role for now. There are some awesome bloggers sharing his weekly tips, like Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Gina from Slow Is The New Fast. Check them out for some really great info!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of the randomness in my day and in my mind. I could go on…but there is a purposeful post with a deadline that I must attend to. If you’ve read all the way to this point – or even if you’ve just skimmed – I thank you. Heck, even if you just stopped by to look at the pictures, thanks. That’s good enough for me.
Have a fabulous week!