I just couldn’t think of a better title. And I think I’ve used “Life Lately” like 38 times already. So…every day I’m hustlin’. Because I have been! The past week has felt like a whirlwind, and it feels so good. I feel like I have a million things on my plate right now, and I enjoy that feeling. I’m behind on my TV shows, my Feedly is about to explode, and I haven’t called my mom in way too long (Hi, Mom! Luv u!), but I’m into it.
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…
SWEATING: At some new-to-me places! In an effort to explore the New Jersey fitness scene, I’ve taken classes at Prime Cycle in Hoboken (the uptown location) and Orangetheory in Edgewater. I know Orangetheory has been around forever and is everywhere, but I had never actually taken a class until yesterday. I really like Prime Cycle, and I’m on the fence about Orangetheory. (Fitness class reviews here — yay or nay? I contemplated writing reviews of each studio/class since I paid for my own classes and wouldn’t have to write an “opinions are my own but here’s a totally favorable review” type of post. Any interest? Or not super interested because Prime Cycle is super local and I’m the last person on the planet to try Orangetheory?)
RUNNING: A few days a week, and doing so without bathroom stops! Not every time, but I’ve gone for THREE different runs lately without having to make bathroom stops! (You can follow along on Strava, which you should join if you haven’t already! Let’s be friends and give each other kudos!) It’s so awesome when that happens and it feels so monumental every time. I know eventually I’ll stop sharing how many bathroom stops I make every time I run, but for now, I’m just so excited for every run I go on without having to dash into a public hotspot.
Apparently at some point I had registered to run the NYRR Gridiron 4M race this past weekend, but I ended up taking a DNS (did not start). My stomach had been hurting a bit the day before, and I was just totally exhausted and didn’t feel up for it. So I slept in a bit the morning of the race and eventually went out for my own 4-mile run later in the day — and didn’t have to make any stops! I missed getting to see my friends at the race, but was otherwise A-OK with choosing snoozing. (That rhymed!)
Also, at what point did I black out and sign up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon again?! Why do I always do this?! I don’t even love that race! (Though I did have a good run last year.) I don’t know yet if I’ll want to train and try to PR (I would like to make a half PR attempt soon, since mine is from 2011 and that’s old), or if I’ll just run it for fun. In theory I’d love to train and work hard and all that jazz, but I’m still giving my body some time to fully bounce back and recover from the past few months. So I have time to decide. (But definitely don’t let me sign up for a marathon this year. I’m not doing that. I swear.)
WATCHING: This Is Us, and crying every week. I love Jack. I love Young Randall. I love Adult Randall. I love William. Never die, William. Hold on. Be strong. I’m bored with Kate’s storylines, and I’m not too keen on Kevin, but Young Kevin is adorable. And Mandy Moore is growing on me! Her flashback scenes always make me cry. I feel like she is a loving, caring, but slightly stressed-out mother of three humans, and similarly I am a loving, caring, but slightly stressed “mother” to Ellie. We have lots in common, and I think that’s why the show is so emotional for me. I can just relate so much to all that parenting stuff, you know?
DOG-SITTING: For a few days!
Brian and I are watching Hank — you may remember him as one of Ellie’s baes — for the week, and it’s been so fun. I love having two dogs. They’re like two little shadows following me around everywhere I go. They play and snuggle and kiss and sleep, and it’s so hard to stop watching them and actually focus on my work. (Don’t let me get a second dog.)
TRAVELING: To Utah next week! I am completely unprepared for this trip, but YOLO!
CUTTING: My hair, for the first time since last summer. YOLO!
COOKING: Not at all this week and I hate it! I was in such an awesome routine of grocery shopping and meal planning and cooking and bragging about it, and I enjoyed it and felt so much better while doing it. But I haven’t had time to grocery shop this week, and my schedule is kind of a mess between now and when I leave for Utah, so I’ve just been winging it this week. Last night I had sushi and today for lunch I had sesame chicken and fried rice. That’s basically what I was eating every single day for a while, but now I don’t want any of that at all. Give me baked buffalo chicken nuggets or give me death! Don’t get me wrong, pork fried rice is delicious, but I felt bloated and sick after, instead of happy and satisfied, like when I was eating my good home-cooking.
SLEEPING: Better! Well…kind of. I’m sleeping better than I was when I last checked in. I’ve been able to fall asleep without Ambien most nights, which is a great thing, and my nightly “we’re getting attacked by terrorists” dreams have subsided within the past week. But since we’ve been dog-sitting, I’ve been sleeping in some janky positions on account of having four bodies in a queen-sized bed. It’s ridiculous, I know, but the pups are so cute and cuddly and furry and sweet. The sacrifices we make!
FEELING: OK. I’m still frustrated by the bathroom urgency in the morning, which hasn’t let up as much as I’d like, but once I get past that, I’m able to go about most of my day without Crohn’s disease being totally top of mind. I stress out about leaving the house from time to time and will sometimes run back inside to use the bathroom “just one more time real quick,” but otherwise I’m a normal-ish human.
LAUNCHING: My podcast SO SOON! I have five episodes ready to go, and can’t wait to get them up and running and out in the world. I’m kicking off with some great, inspiring guests, and I know the show will only get better from here. (I look back at my early blog posts and cringe so hard, so I’m sure there will come a time that I look back at my first few episodes and feel the same. But for now, I’m really proud of them and excited about them and can’t wait for you to hear them!) I will of course share all the information about where to find them once I launch. STAND BY.
WHAT ARE YOU LOVING, READING, WATCHING, OR WORKING ON LATELY? I love it when we share. You are my best friend. (And also Ellie. Ellie is definitely my best friend.)