Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend Report: Purely Random Thoughts

I have a few totally random thoughts from this weekend:

1. If someone says, Hey! We should totally go to X class!  The correct answer is, That sounds potentially fun, let me look into location/their website/what this might actually be like/ think about it for more than .2 seconds. (In this instance X = beginner’s salsa.) The correct answer is NOT: Ok! Buying a ticket now!

It did not look like this. 

I’m sure that a good beginner’s salsa class would be fun, but this one (tickets bought through something called Professionals in the City Management – sound like an escort service to you? It isn’t…but still…should have known/thought) was not fun at all. In an hour-long lesson we learned the basic step and the basic spin, and that’s it. Plus I managed to have some of the most awkward conversations of my life...ever ever ever.

2. Between Ebenezers and Peregrine, Peregrine’s coffee is better.

3. I've ranted before and here I am ranting again, running in the wind is the WORST. And I’m not talking about a nice(-ish, ha) spring track-feeling wind. It’s a cold go-through-your-clothes-and-turn-your-stomach-bright-red wintry wind. And for some reason DC is having the windiest winter ever.

(This birthday penguin is for Geoff.
It's winking, because I'm creepy like that)
4. Along a similar vein, eating while running is damn near impossible. I don’t know how people do it! I cannot consume a gel and run and breathe at the same time (and the breathing things is what really gets me). I think it might be because I don’t breathe through my nose…am I an incompetent marathoner, or can anyone help me here?

5. Walnut Shrimp from Chinatown Express is one of the best things ever. And the Kingdom Porkchops, those are amazing too.

6. I just finished A Game of Thrones (the first of 5 books). It’s 807 pages, and I thought that for sure when I finished, I’d want a Game of Thrones break. But I don’t. I want the next book NOW!

7. If I were in CA with Sister1 and Geoff (oh hey, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEOFF!), I’d have been be eating red velvet pancakes here on Sunday afternoon in Napa. Siiiigggghhh #homesick.

8. My parents are literally at the bottom of the Grand Canyon right now. Someday I will tell you the story of how I almost died there  – good times. We throw around the word “awesome” a lot, but the Grand Canyon really really IS awesome. If you haven’t been, it’s even more awesome than people say it is. Me = jealous.

9. I’m running a marathon in less than 2 weeks and I am officially freaking out. (In case you couldn’t already tell.)

10. Current bowl o'dinner of choice: beets, beet greens, butternut squash, whole wheat spaghetti, tomato sauce, half a turkey meatball chopped up, and an egg and some Parmesan cheese. Yum. Plus it's bright pink.

11. Aziz Ansari is hilarious and has a tumblr called “Aziz is Bored,” which I think is one of the most accurate name for any tumblr/blog/interwebs activity ever. I went down quite the rabbit hole there…this this this and this.

12. My fingernails are neon green in honor of March.

13. Happy Monday to you all!


  1. I had gel issues too, until a friend recommended a technique most people laugh at and avoid. I happen to love it. I bite the top of the (open) gel while I get a good handle on it, then squeeze it in all at once. The best case scenario is to then immediately chase it with liquid and swallow it in one quick blob (it sticks together, surrounded by the liquid, and you don't even have to get it all over your mouth!). I just try to eat them as quickly as possible!

  2. I don't breathe through my nose either. I'm able to do it with gels by slowing down a bit. It's not too hard to do at marathon pace, as I'm not breathing that hard. Half marathon or ten miler is harder.

    Also, I'm "pre-tearing" my gels slightly before, so that they're easier to open when running.