Friday Fête

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Happy Friday! Another week down… not that I’m counting down to anything. And honestly weekends don’t mean that much to me these days.

Woohoo, it's Friday! Oh wait... I'm a mother.

On February 17, Alex and I both came down with a nasty cold. And we’re just NOW getting over it. Ridiculous! For how mild this winter has been (sorry rest of the country) the cold/flu season has been brutal in my household.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Miracle Health SystemApple Cider Vinegar = best acne remedy evah!
Seriously, I got a zit on my jawline, dabbed a little bit of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother!) and it vanished overnight. I might be on my way to becoming a ACV zealot! 😉

Virtual Races:

Vacation Races recently launched a series of virtual races, they sent out a questionnaire to past participants of their races about thoughts on the virtual series before they announced them. I think I was pretty harsh in my responses, but going through it made me realize that I’m NOT a fan of virtual races. I don’t do races for the medal. Medals are fun, but I’m not going to pay $$ to run the same routes I always run to get a medal. For me, races are more about the community and the atmosphere. And if I’m shooting for a PR, I feel it’s more legit if it’s at an official race with a timer as opposed to my GPS watch running around my neighborhood. So I’m just curious, what is your take on virtual races?

Interesting Things to Read:

  • The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys) – A piece about voluntourism and if it’s truly helpful. I think if I had $3000 to go on a trip to help build a developing village, maybe I’d be better off to just give them that $3000.
  • 5 Regrets of the Dying – Okay, so the title is a little morose, but there are some good points. The first one is a big reason why I developed an eating disorder.
  • Running a marathon nearly killed me – I know, this isn’t a commonplace incident, but you gotta appreciate that the guy took heart and realized there was so much more than his race times.
  • The Reverse Bucket List – I love the concept of creating a list of the accomplishments in your life that make you proud. The post recommends making a list of 50. I think I will start with however many I think of in the next couple minutes…

My Reverse Bucket List (a start, in no particular order)

BTW – It’s kind of hard to write about things you’ve done in the past in a “bucket list” voice! If I put some of these on a list of things I hoped to accomplish, they would seem very odd. But having actually done them, they are things I’m proud of.

  • Graduate with my bachelor’s degree at age 20 with no debt
  • Complete 2 marathons and DNF a 3rd
  • Look at a DNF as an accomplishment
  • Call and check into eating disorder treatment at age 30
  • Work at a television station
  • Perform the piccolo part in Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Get vision correction surgery (PRK)
  • Eat escargot
  • Feel beautiful in my own skin

Notice I didn’t include my daughter in there? I just can’t call her one of my “accomplishments” because she is so much more magical than that. I do my best to not screw things up, but she’s also her own little person with her own ideas/traits/personality and I’m not responsible for that. The best I can hope is that I don’t squash that individuality with my own inadequacies.

Alex with a green drink

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