Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance … you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. But when you are through, exhilarated and exhausted, at least for a moment everything seems right with the world…
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
As you know this weekend was Easter, and my first time being home since Christmas. It was also my first time being in Marshfield and being 21. I spent the entire weekend either drunk or hungover. What a horrible place. Worst of all they had no ginger-ale to mix with my whiskey! Here is a picture of me and my brothers sharing our first drink together with all of us being legal.
Anyway while I was home I also got my first haircut since Christmas, and it was bad. I'm not sure what happened. My mom always cuts my hair (and has always does a wonderful job), but for some reason it ended up looking like a 3 year old had cut a huge chunk out while I was asleep. I guess these things just happen to everyone at some point.
I came home on Sunday and went for a short run, then proceeded to make myself a much needed bloody mary and veggie burger. Thanks for the grill out pink taco ladies :) I then showered and tried to think of a way to fix my hair. I ended up cutting it. and badly. So the next morning I skipped class to go get it fixed. The lady was super nice about it and vowed to keep as much length as possible.
Everyone kept telling me it was just hair and it would grow back, but no one understands. My hair was the longest it has ever been. And it took me 2 years to get it to that length (hardly below my shoulders.) So a bad haircut for me isn't something I have to deal with for a few months, it's something I have to deal for at least a year. Anyway this is what I ended up with.
I don't mind it too much, but I'm not a fan. The worst part is that only about 50% of it fits in a pony tail. I went to the gym on Tuesday and it seriously drove me nuts. The only benefit is that the more I sweat the better it stays up, so this encourages me to work out harder. Guess it's just time to invest in some new barrettes.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I'm able to run again! At least without being in complete plain. Unfortunately it snowed today. Sunday I wanted to run but was very nervous so I just went for a walk around the neighborhood and took some pictures.I particularly wanted a picture of our new house. I will be living 3 amazing girls, and I'm super excited. Although I love living with my brother and Adam, it's time for a new experience. I hate drama, and therefore have very few girl friends (one of my guy friends says I only invite him to sausage fests) , but I think I picked a great group to live with. Here is a picture of the wonderful house!
Monday I was able to run, yes for real run, about a mile and half. I took short walking breaks whenever I felt the least bit of pain in my ankle. It hurt a bit on tuesday, but today I went to the gym and did 4 miles on the elliptical and jogged a mile on the treadmill (god I hate treadmills.)
In other news, I found a summer job! I will be working for a family who has adopted several children with various disabilities. I met the kids and instantly fell in love. They are a high energy group so I'll have to keep on top of my sleeping and energy levels. I will be working with 1-3 children at a time, doing fun summer activities at the beach, and park, and transporting them to their summer day camps and other activities. The parents suggested that perhaps I work on academic skills with a few of the children as well. I can't wait! I'll be starting there in mid-June, and until then I will be working part time at the library. I'm glad things are starting to work out in my advantage. Now if only all my final projects would do themselves and I didn't have to study for finals....
Saturday, April 16, 2011
When we got our assignment for the next final project I did a lot of reflecting. Instantly my mind went to what I want my new tattoo to be. "Perfectly Imperfect" inscribed down my side. The only real requirement of this project was that we use two artistic mediums. For example I could write a song and take a picture, or paint and act. I decided immediately to write and do a Photo-montage.
As I continued to think more and more I thought about, instead, doing it on running. It has seriously been a huge part of my life this semester. It's gotten me through a lot this last year. I ended up writing a small portion of the perfectly imperfect poem and then knew I just couldn't do it.
Then I decided to do a runner outlined in black as the centerpiece to my artwork. So I cut her out, and then i wrote a poem. I had no idea what my background would look like, or where the poem would take me. When I finished writing the poem I highlighted words that stood out to me, and what was most important. I came up with the title "Bitter Rush" for the piece as a whole. I was going to just do a green or yellow background to represent Bitterness, but it seemed important to get rush in there somehow. Water came to mind right away so I looked up pictures of it, and before I bore you anymore with explanations here it is. I'm very happy with how it turned out :)
Monday, April 11, 2011
That's it. There are a lot more benefits of running. I suggest if you are runner you make your own list. it's very encouraging.
Friday, April 8, 2011
As far as the accident goes it was way more than I expected, but since I didn't get ticketed for being at fault my insurance is going to cover the accident and my rates will not be going up :) (as long as I'm not at fault for another major accident in the next few years.)
Also! we got a house! A really awesome one too. When we went to look at houses a few weeks ago we met this random couple out walking their dog and they informed us they were looking for someone to lease to this year. After looking at the house we fell in love, but knew we couldn't afford the 2200 they were asking per month for it. One of my roommates is currently studying abroad in France, so her mom was with us. She contacted the lady and said that while we loved the house we simple couldn't afford to pay more that 1800 a month. But our nice future landlord said she loved us so much she would love to have us live there and would offer the house to us at 1800 a month! We are getting a super nice place, with tons of space, and super nice landlords! I can't wait to move in.
We had our first grill-out thursday night and I had my first battle with vegitarianism. I almost gave in and had a brat, but I'm remaining strong.
Monday, April 4, 2011
I then headed to a campfire/grill-out with Daryn and Adam, and afterward went to a Pert Near Sandstone concert to celebrate Daryn's birthday. Sunday morning I woke up and took Daryn to pick up his car at John and Eileens. and of course I got in my very first car accident. :( This lady decided to drive in the middle of the street instead of on the appropriate side. I took a left turn and waited because I could see clearly I wasn't going to be able to go in between the car parked on one side and this lady waiting at a stop sign in the middle of the street. After a while she moved over a bit and I thought I could fit through. Wrong! I scraped the park car on the side. And so my impatience will now be costing me a few hundred bucks. grrrr....
I still had to come to work, but luckily got to listen to some music right away. Of course "Gravity Rides Everything" by Modest Mouse came on right away and made me feel so much better. "It all will fall, fall right into place." And then Grateful Dead's "Box of Rain" came on. My iPod always does such a great job of making me feel better.
I was super nervous about calling my parents but they are so supportive. I'm so grateful for them. Then entire time my mom just kept saying to me "Tiara, no one go hurt and that's what is important. Cars are replaceable people are not, and money is just money. It comes and it goes." And she's right. They guy I hit has also been super nice about everything.