Sunday, June 1, 2014

Back to the old ways.

I was reading back through an old post looking for a recipe (french toast!) and realized how different I write now. Before it was just a stream of consciousness, writing whatever came to my mind. I'm not sure if it's changed because my brain works so differently when it's in school mode (Everything must be perfect! You must make an outline! Paragraphs must flow!) or just because I don't care about documenting things in the same way. Either way, I miss some of the old posts so I'm just going to write to write at this point.
(No filtering, editing, etc., just pure iPhone beauty from my bike ride!)
// I've been riding my bike a lot. To say that taking up mountain biking last year changed my life is a total understatement! I've been to so many new places, met so many rad ladies, and have just been having such a good time in life. There is something so empowering about accomplishing a feat that I never in a million years thought I could achieve. I used to complain about riding my bike to the store for groceries, and now I'm climbing 19 miles up a mountain? It's fucking bizarre. (Remember when a Jillian Michaels video left me sore for a week and was the hardest thing EVERZZZ?) I feel like I am always holding back from pushing eating healthy and being active on people, but get out and do something if you aren't! You have to start somewhere!

// I was worried it would take me a while to get into summer mode, and then I would be anxious for a few weeks thinking I forgot to turn something in, butttt, not the case at all. I went into summer mode overnight and feel like I haven't done anything even remotely stressful. So that's been nice. Hopefully I can switch back to school mode just as quickly?

// Oh, about school! I finished the semester the first week of May and totally rocked it. Like rocked it so hard I couldn't believe it. I got a glowing email from my teacher about how awesome I was (paraphrasing) and was really touched by it. Despite years of good grades, I still don't consider myself smart so it is always a shock to me when I end the semester with As instead of failing out. Let's hope I can keep it up over the last two years of the program!

// Vince and I own a mountain bike race support business, focusing on 12 and 24 hour races. We've done a few races so far this summer and it has been so fun! We supported a 12 hour race in New Mexico a couple weekends ago, and were in Durango this past weekend for the HUGE Iron Horse Classic race. In a couple weeks we're headed out to a 24 hour race, and it seems like it's going to be a fun one! Hopefully pictures to come soon…

// I've totally fallen off the paleo bandwagon a few times too many in the past couple weeks. I didn't prepare enough food for our trips we've been taking, and have had to resort to things like gluten free bagels and Annie's mac and cheese. Not the end of the world, but my body can totally tell a difference. I have been pretty tired because of it, so I'm happy to be home for a couple weeks to get back on track. Meat, veggies, and fruit unite!

// I've started yet another job! I will now be the coolest Chicago-style hot dog maker in all of Flagstaff. I missed working in the food industry and am excited to work in a fast paced and fun filled environment. Tips are also a huge plus - gotta make that money!

// Dirty dishes are still the bane of my existence. Can I pay someone to come do my dishes for me? Can I just put on my global warming blinders and use paper plates? Maybe just eat straight from the pan I cook it in?

// I've finally started reading Game of Thrones! Only a million years tardy to the party. I bought the first 5 books for my Kindle (I'd like to avoid the hand cramping those giant paper books would give me) and it doesn't have it broken up into individual books. So right now I have over 84,000 kindle pages to read, and an 'average' book is usually around 4,000. Not daunting at all.


  1. Congrats on kicking butt at school! Looks like you've got an awesome summer lined up, with the races and Game of Thrones (I haven't read it yet either, must get on that) Also, yay for bike riding! I had to leave my bike in England when I moved and I miss it dearly. Gotta look into getting another one!

    1. Thank you!! I'm about halfway through G of T now and soooo love it! Definitely recommend it so far.

  2. Yay, I’m so happy with this and I hope you write more and more! Also, dirty dishes are most definitely the bane of my existence too.

    1. I was going to sit down and write tonight and work annnnnnnndddd….nothing. So hopefully I get some inspiration soon. ;)

  3. Yay for a good semester.

    Sounds like you will have a super busy summer. I could use a chicago style hot dog right about now. Yum!!

    PS. I mentioned you in my Thankful Thursday post today as I stole a picture of yummy pizza from your Instagram :)

    1. I thought I was following your blog on BlogLovin, but apparently I wasn't, so thanks for letting me know about the post!