Woo! Spring is here!

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I’m so happy things are turning green and starting to bloom and it’s (mostly) warm.

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I think I stay in a fairly depressed state from about December through the end of February – our cold, dreary, unpleasant months – so I’m glad they’re over.

Now? I want to spend all of my time outside (until it’s blazing hot, obv).

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We’ve been doing a lot of that – and a lot of talking about some house/yard projects we have on the goal list for this year. It’s just that time of year! I’m ready to get things going.

PB cup thanks to Pinterest. Do this.
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So.

I haven’t mentioned this because I didn’t know how it would turn out – and still really don’t know how things are going to go, in general – but in addition to the general dreariness of the weather, the past few months have been pretty bad because Jon’s work situation suddenly became unstable in January when fed agents raided the place.

Jon is in no way involved with any of it and the investigation involves people who didn’t work for him, but … yeah. Things have been stressful for a while. He has worked for his company for nearly 9 years and is the #2 person – and obv his job is crucial to us since he financially carries our household – so … yeah.

It’s been bad. For many reasons.

It’s all working out, though, and we recently got some news that will mean very good things for us, in general – so the cloud of uncertainty and instability that’s been hanging over us for a while is slowly moving out.

I have to say – it was a shit way to start a year that I’d hoped would be positive and all about NO STRESS and getting life back on track. I guess in some way it’s happening since things are seriously looking up as of the past week or so … I guess we just needed to take a roundabout route?

Fingers crossed that things will move forward as we anticipate, for sure.
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We did the meals from my trainer again the last 2 weeks, but I failed to take many pics and I’m pretty sure I’ve been fairly negligent with myfitnesspal, too.

One night we had hummus, chicken & quinoa.

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Another night we had balsamic chicken, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus and quinoa.

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That’s all I’ve got.

Still love them and the ease/time they offer.

We’re taking a break this week since we have a lot going on. We just planned some simple meals for each night and grocery shopped yesterday and did some minor prep to get ready for the week.
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The Hal Higdon thing is going well. We’ve been keeping up with it and I’m liking doing each training week twice. The long run has been 4M for the past month, but I’m moving up to 5M this week.

The Knoxville marathon (and half and 5k) happened yesterday, but I didn’t participate. I was a little sad yesterday since my facebook feed was flooded with it and all of my running friends were there, etc.

This morning, my timehop thing – and some new facebook On This Day thing? – are both full of stuff from the last couple of years of races. I’d forgotten I had a party at my house last year after the race.

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I miss all that. A lot.

I want to do what I’m doing re: the Higdon plan and run a half distance on my birthday, but I’m contemplating either re-joining my running group (which is a training group with their own plan, but would offer a social community) or going to some of the social runs in town. I want to run alone, but not BE alone.

This summer is looking up now that I’ll (hopefully) not be bogged down by the job stress, so I need to figure something out.

I know I set a goal to do a 5k (or some other race) each month this year – and I know I’m not doing well. I missed February because of the crazy weather and missed March, too, because I just didn’t feel like doing yesterday’s race (or paying for it – it was low on the priority list).

I ran 4M yesterday, though, instead of doing the 5k so I don’t feel TOO badly about it. It’s not like I’m just NOT running. I’m going to try to get back on track in April, though.

I’m still meeting with the trainer once a week and we’re starting her 6 week boot-camp class this Saturday, too – so that will boost me up to two days of strength plus 4 days of running each week.

Overall – I’m doing ok.
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4 weeks to go until I’ve finished my first year of the PhD program. Unbelievable.

We’ve had a vacation in the works for a while, but it’s sort of been on hold given the job thing. I think it’s going to happen, though, (and things are officially booked/planned, so … I hope I’m right).

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The plan is to start in Salt Lake City and wind up in Las Vegas. We’re going to spend a few days outside Moab and then spend almost a week in SW Utah, so we should have plenty of time to do whatever we want to do.

We’re planning an overnight trip to Idaho Falls because Jon used to live there (and some of his kids were born there) – so I’m excited for him to have that trip down memory lane.

I can’t wait for the semester to end and for summer to arrive. Really. I’m counting the days.

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