Checking in just to be random

Hello, faithful readers. I’m still here, hanging on the edge of the blogosphere. Promise. I’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at me lately (all good stuff, but still stuff) and it’s throwing me off of my regular blogging schedule.

I did want to check in and update y’all a bit with what I’ve been up to or seen over the last week or so.

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We went to Leavenworth, the little Bavarian tourist trap town of Washington!

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We did every kitschy things tourists visiting a town like Leavenworth should do. We went swimming, talked to goats, rode horses, played mini-golf, and took Old West photos (and no, I didn’t dress up like a saloon girl).

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My very first horseback selfie!

It was so fun I could barely stand it!

Hmmm… what else to discuss. I’ve managed to run twice since my last sad, woe-is-me advice post, “5 Ways to Stay Sane when You Can’t Run,” and I’m pretty happy about that. I ran 1.6 miles in Leavenworth and 2.2 miles on National Running Day.

Unfortunately, when I ran on NRD, I started to feel a little tightness on the outside of my knee as I started approaching that second mile. A classic IT Band syndrome symptom.

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I wasn’t really happy about that development.

Speaking of National Running Day, I thought it was very cool that a Tacoma race, the Sound to Narrows 12K, commissioned 43 glass orbs from a local artists group and hid them along running paths the night before NRD for runners to discover. Not only is that a great way to promote the race, which will have its 43rd running on June 13, but it’s a generous gift to runners in our community. Yay, Sound to Narrows!

I need to get out there to run again so I can find one of those orbs!

In other news, I have a new Twitter follower and I’m a just little bit excited about it:

Tony Little! Of the Gazelle! I remember watching his infomercials in the mid-90s and being weirdly mesmerized by them. He must have known that about me and that’s why he decided to follow me on Twitter, right?

Right now I’m reading Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann, a renowned photographer who grew up and still lives in the small Virginia town where I used to live. hold still - sally mann - alsoranagainI’m enraptured by this book. Not only is Mann an accomplished photographer, she is an extremely gifted writer. Mann is Southern Gothic through and through; some of the situations in the book would be right at home inside of a Flannery O’Connor story.

Finally, I just received my new swimsuit, the Rizzo Tankini by Oiselle.

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I couldn’t wait to go home and try it on, so I tried it on at work. And I LOVE it. I can’t remember the last time I wore a swimsuit that made me feel as pretty and strong as I feel in that suit. The color is gorgeous and the cut is very flattering (my broad shoulders love a good halter top). It’s feminine and fierce–just like its namesake from Grease. eat-your-heart-out rizzo

We’re going to have some great swimming pool weather this weekend, and I can’t wait to try it out!

What’s new with you?  Do you like horseback riding? Who is your most random Twitter follower?  Which “Grease” character would you be?

15 thoughts on “Checking in just to be random

    • We were just talking about that at work! It’s not uncommon to be scared of horses. You’re sitting up so high, and you’re at the whim of the horse. I was bucked off a pony when I was a little kid and it was very, very unpleasant.

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I used to love horseback riding when I was a kid! Sounds like your break from blogging has been worthwhile, you have been doing some fun stuff! I think I’ve decided to only post twice a week this summer, hopefully it will be a bit less pressure. And if I’m having a really good week, and feel like it, I’ll add another day in!

  2. really excited to hear your post swim review of the suit. i’m still not convinced it’ll work for my boobs, lol. and yay running! boo pain! i think leavenworth is where bird camp is this year… 🙂

    • Leavenworth IS where Bird Camp is this year. You guys are going to have so much fun! Watch out for aggressive goats, though.

      I’ll let you know about the suit. I tried on the bottom tonight and it’s pretty skimpy.

  3. Glad to hear you ran but so sorry to hear of the IT band situation! Foam roll!! Your new suit is so pretty! I don’t have any random twitter followers. Maybe if you consider Bart Yasso random, but he is my neighbor and friend, so it isn’t really random that we follow each other!

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