Writing: If you follow me on IG, you’ve probably noticed all of the stationery posts I’ve been sharing this month. For the third year, I’m participating in the #write_on challenge hosted by hello!Lucky and EggPress, challenging myself to write one letter/card a day for thirty days. I’m swapping texts for hand written letters. Receiving mail is so special, or at least I think so, and I’m trying to send something special to 30 people in my life. Especially in a time when it’s easier to email or text, sitting down to write a note takes a few extra moments of time and it’s nice to know that someone took the time to think of YOU and write to YOU. I don’t know, I just have a fear that the Postal Service will soon disappear (like paper money) and I don’t want that to happen.
Watching: Well, over the last six months I started and finished every season of Seinfeld. Let me tell you, it’s so much better when you watch it from the beginning! I never “got” that show and always changed the channel growing up, buuuuut I’m now a fan. Now I’m back to watching any and all documentaries on Netflix, Shark Tank and yes, I’m admitting, I get sucked into Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. I don’t know why?! Every home looks exactly the same at the end… the beau and I are going to turn it into a drinking game: drink every time the words babe, shiplap, and “I’m going to open up that wall to make it all open” are spoken. Ha!
Looking forward to: the fall racing season and everything in between to get me there. My motto for the remainder of the year is “chase finish lines not finish times.” Last year I felt like I was stuck to such a strict schedule and was encouraged not to hike or trail run or do anything that deviated from that schedule and this year I’m throwing all of that out the window to have fun… and run when and where I’d like! This urge to switch things up came right before Syracuse and now I can’t wait to hit the trails. So much so that I think I’ve lost my mind… I’m 99.9% sure I’m signing up for my first ultra marathon! On trails nonetheless! A friend sent me the link and they have a 13.1, 30, 50 or 70 miler option… and now I can’t get it out of my head! I want to attempt the 50 miler BUT I did sign up for a fall marathon that’s just three weeks later so the 30 miler is sounding more doable. Only 13 people finished that distance last year, 4 of them being women.
Loving: how light it is at 6AM. Hello early morning miles, come to Jona.
Eating: I think the question should be, what am I not eating? (insert the I can’t help it face) I think I have a serious problem with beans: baked, pinto, refried, black, chickpea, kidney, white, lentil… which isn’t a horrible thing. They are cheap, super easy to change up and you can add just about any vegetable into the mix. I’ve fallen out of my breakfast habit, not eating my first meal until about noon which I know is horrible and helps set the tone for the rest of the day. I’m over shakes at the current moment, so I’m going to try making a couple slices of toast or bowl of oatmeal with fruit to get me back into the swing of things. I’m a savory breakfast kind of gal, any suggestions?
Proud of: my mom. She’s going plant-based for 10 days later this month to see if it’ll help her with some ongoing ailments and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’ll really get a taste, pun intended, of what I eat on a day to day basis and hopefully feel better, with more energy at the least. Ten days may not seem like a lot, but it can really make a difference! And I hope she feels and sees the difference.
Listening to: the Mets! It’s that time of the year again and I love that they are back on the radio (for free!). I prefer listening to them – when I first met the beau we listened to each game, and now when I watch a game, I sometimes get bored with the lack of excitement in the announcers’ voices. The game is on now as I type: trying to multi-task more with mindless activities so that I can invest more in other more important activities.
[Photograph curtesy of fareisle on IG // reminds me of warmer weather and my mini porch garden]