Highly caffeinated …

I woke up at 3 a.m. AGAIN. After putting up a good fight, I eventually gave into my insomnia and got up and worked at my computer for a little while. Then I did a few things around the house before I headed out for my 5-miler. It’s insane to think that I had to kill time before I left. But trust me. It is WAY LESS weird to run at 5 a.m. than it is at 3:30a.m. HA! When I got back from my run I made myself some coffee and I got ready for my day. I got my girls off to school and then I met a friend for breakfast (which included a whole lot more of coffee). Afterward, I ran a TON of errands. Iced tea in tow. Then I did some more Christmas shopping. I’m sure at some point, when all that coffee and tea wear off, that I will just collapse from exhaustion. But until then, I’ll be thankful that I had a little help (OK, HUGE AMOUNTS) to get through my day.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are highly caffeinated!!!

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Four ugly little words …

Fall back. Spring forward. The four most draining words a human being can ever hear. The four words that I personally have come to loathe. The four words that turn normally functioning awake people, into zombies. The four words that turn non-coffee drinkers into coffee addicts. The four words that turn a 24-hour day into an eternity. THOSE four ugly little words.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you survive day light savings!!!

A pinball machine …

Tennis. Home. Dance. Tennis. Dance. Food. Tennis. Home. Tennis. MORE food. And COFFEE. Good lord, MORE tennis. Food AGAIN. Home. BED.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you learned what it feels like to be a pinball machine!!!

A friend like mine…

This morning I had coffee and spent time with my close friend Patti. Except she lives in Minnesota and we were texting. But it’s all GOOD! It was early, the house was quiet and we had time for long drawn out texts about life. It was everything I needed. Patti is that honest, going to tell it like it is, type of friend. And I love it. AND HER. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and will kick me in my tush when I need it. This is also the same woman who talked about me running my first marathon far before I ever ran my first half. She sees things in me, I never can. She has awakened thoughts in my head, I didn’t even know where there. And let me tell you, when this women believes in you, she makes sure that you do too. She is just awesome that way!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a friend like mine!!!

Be still …

Quiet mornings reveal little treasures! I have been a little obsessed with arrows for a while now. Correction … A LOT. And it only seems to be growing stronger! I’ve always identified with the quote:

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.” (Author unknown)

This quote couldn’t represent my life any better. I LOVE IT.

And the whole running thing is caught up in this too. Runners often describe running as “flying”. For me, I always imagined that like an arrow. I have always found this feeling of “soaring” to be one of the BEST things EVER. It’s honestly intoxicating. The freedom it fuels in my heart cannot be replicated. Again, arrows are AWESOME!

Then the knowledge of “The Lucky Few” Down Syndrome awareness tattoo came my way. Well, if I wasn’t infatuated with arrows before, I CERTAINLY was then! So much so, that after 30 years of trying to figure out a tattoo for myself, it all became CRYSTAL CLEAR! Anyway, my point is that arrows mean something to me.

This morning after getting Libs off to school, I had some unusual down time. I guess it wasn’t true “down time”. Does anyone even have THAT anymore?!?! I guess what I mean is that I TOOK the time to enjoy my coffee in the quiet and calm moments before I got Reese up for school. And in doing so, I realized something. My “to-go” cups, that I have been using all summer, we’re covered in a pattern of three “V”’s that matched my tattoo perfectly. HOW on earth did I not notice this before?!?!

Oh wait … I know … I was just too busy.

If you know me, you know that I love things like this. I truly believe that these are God/the Universe/Spiritual moments that give me grounding. They are things … NO … TREASURES that remind me of what is important. And they inevitably put a smile on my face and motivate me to look at the world differently. These moments are a GIFT! I just wish we all took the time to notice them.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find the time to BE STILL!!!

The undead hours, some coffee and a little productivity …

I woke up insanely early again this morning. I can get used to this. I actually have to, HA! With school starting soon for Libs and Reese, my workouts will be back at the “undead” hours again. Not that I mind it, I actually prefer it. I love the quiet of the early morning. It truly is my ME time. And I think, after all these years of the back-to-school schedule changes, that my body just naturally switches back to that “clock”. So instead of fighting to fall back to sleep this morning I made myself some coffee, wrote emails, reviewed and added events to our calendars, finalized everything for my (hopefully soon to be) Yoga Instructor Certification and worked on the details to a few trips we have planned. And I got it all done with no interruptions. Because let’s face it, most of the earth is still asleep that early on a Sunday morning.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you drink coffee and feel productive!!!

Coffee in bed …

Sid showed up at our hotel room early this morning … with hot good coffee. She literally handed it to me while my head was still on my pillow. She is such a good kid!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get coffee in bed!!!