What the hell was that? Summer just blew a red light, cut me off and banged a hard left to Toodle-ooville. Boy was that quick. Gotta hate those drive-by summers. Summer was a blur. It’s always quick when work ramps up, and you find you spend your days wistfully looking outside the window of your lab, experiment running, timer angrily flashing, while you dream of an iced coffee, a trashy magazine and a sunny, breezy beach. Ahh, summer. Thankfully, Cynthia, Mar and Courtney are keeping summer ALIVE! with their Friday Five this week- Five Things I Did on My Summer Vacation.
I used to love heading back to school and inevitably getting the “What I did on my Summer Vacation” assignment from some happy, little nun who always seemed to have the most perfect skin on the planet. Must be the Holy Water. Thanks, Ladies! I’m reliving my Catholic School Youth!
The Pan Mass Challenge!
Sweet Meb Almighty. Running. Running. And more goddamn running. I embarked on a new training plan- Hansons Marathon Method and set a goal- a BQ. You know, a measly BQ. Since deciding That’s What I Wanted, and blabbing about it all over the Blogospere, I have committed to this training. It’s kicking my weary ass, but I’m doing it. Thank you for dealing with my posts. It’s keeping me honest and accountable. And believe it or not, super motivated. I’m on a ‘renegade path to my fastest marathon.’ What does that even mean? I don’t even know who I am anymore. Mother? Send help. And cookies. Because I’m perpetually starving.
Remember that time I posted a Reading Challenge way the hell back in January and sort of left it there, sans updates, to wither away into the bowels of Our Blog? Yeah. I do. Only I didn’t let it rot. I’m actually reading! No where near as much as Tina–Girlfriend is a Little Miss Library– but I am nonetheless. I have to read so much scientific rubbish for work, that I skimp on reading for pleasure. Scientific literature is not rubbish, it’s just not exactly a goddamn page turner. I’ve read a nice handful of books, but I have to say my favorite of the summer was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. What a wonderful tale. It was one of those books I had wanted to read and never quite got around to it. It’s a story of self discovery, of listening to your heart and of finding what moves you. I so enjoyed it.And the BEST THING that happened during my summer vacation?
Take a guess…
DRUNK OTIS!Sweet Otis Brown. Or, Oats MaGoats. Or simply, Drunk Otis as he is most commonly referred. He’s one crazy bastard. The brown ones always are. But smart. And sweet. He’s one hell of a trail runner. I saw him, and just knew we had to have him, our sock eating, little orphan. Little. Now that’s not a word we ever use to describe him. He does nothing little. He is large and he lives LARGE. He’s a welcome addition to our Little Zoo. 🙂
What was the highlight of your summer? Read any good books lately? Have you ever adopted a dog? If not, you should! They’ve got lots of love to give!